Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged in fatal car crash: prosecutors

Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:54pm EDT
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By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Olympic champion and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged in connection with a crash in Malibu earlier this year that killed a 69-year-old woman, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Based on the facts in the case, prosecutors lacked evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Jenner's conduct was unreasonable, according to documents provided by Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

"We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing. We are heartened the District Attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would be inappropriate," Jenner's attorney, Blair Berk, said in a written statement.

Jenner, 65, was driving a Cadillac Escalade along Pacific Coast Highway and towing a trailer carrying a dune buggy when she slammed into two other cars, according to authorities.

During the crash, a white Lexus being driven by 69-year-old Kim Howe was shoved by Jenner's sport-utility vehicle across a center divider and into oncoming traffic, where it was struck head-on by a Hummer.

Howe was killed in the collision and Jessica Steindorff, who was driving a black Toyota Prius also rear-ended by Jenner, was injured. Jenner escaped serious injury in the crash.

According to a summary of the investigation released by the district attorney's office, Jenner was driving slightly below the speed limit and "minimally slower than the victim" and braked 1.9 to 1.5 seconds before the collision.

The summary said that the only possible violation against Jenner would be a "violation of the basic speed law," meaning too fast for the conditions.   Continued...

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