Caitlyn Jenner facing second lawsuit over fatal California crash

Tue Jun 9, 2015 3:36pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Olympic champion and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as transgender in April, is facing a second lawsuit in connection with a fatal car crash on a Southern California highway in February.

Jessica Marie Steindorff, who said in court papers she was injured in her vehicle in the crash, filed the personal injury suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday accusing Jenner of driving "negligently, carelessly, recklessly and wantonly" and causing the crash.

Steindorff works as a Hollywood talent manager, according to CNN.

Relatives of Kimberly Howe, who was killed in the Feb. 7 collision on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, filed a lawsuit in May against Jenner for negligence and wrongful death.

Several other people were injured in the crash, authorities have said, while Jenner escaped serious injury.

The lawsuit filed by Howe's relatives came one week after Jenner, 65, declared in a nationally televised interview in April that she identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender.

Jenner, who was then called Bruce Jenner, rose to fame with a record-breaking Olympic gold medal victory in the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. Jenner was known to younger generations as the patriarch of reality TV's Kardashian clan.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Mohammad Zargham)

 
A damaged vehicle is pictured at the scene of a four-car crash involving Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn, in Malibu, California, in this file photo taken February 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/Files