Officers investigating a deadly crash on Feb 7 in Los Angeles are preparing to call for charges to be filed against Caitlyn Jenner.
The six-month investigation has uncovered that she was driving at an unsafe speed that day, raising the possibility of a misdemeanor manslaughter charge, according to Richard Curry from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The case concerns a four vehicle crash which led to the death of Kim Howe, 69. It occurred when a Prius came to a stop for an unknown reason, causing Howe’s white Lexus to strike the vehicle. Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade then hit the Lexus from behind, causing the Lexus to move in to a lane of oncoming traffic.
Seven people suffered injuries in the incident.
The investigation included interviews with everyone involved, as well as a review of the computer records in the vehicles and mobile phone records.
None of the drivers were using their phones at the time, Curry confirmed.
“In this case, the negligence is speeding. Now, it would be a felony if the speeding was excessive, but in this case, it really wasn’t,” attorney Dana Cole, a legal expert not involved in the Jenner case, said, according to ABC 7. “Accidents happen all the time. When someone dies as a result of the accident, and there's negligence involved, then the DA's office can file a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.”
Evidence will also be presented by the investigation against Jessica Steindorff, the driver of the Prius, the Los Angeles Times reported. She could also face a charge because she was driving on a suspended license at the time of the crash.
Steindorff has already filed a suit against Jenner.
Robert Simon, Steindorff’s attorney, presented a different version of events, saying that Jenner’s vehicle struck Howe’s Lexus before continuing on to strike the Prius.
A lawsuit filed by Howe’s stepchildren against Jenner is pending. In it, Dana Redmond and William Howe accuse Jenner of being negligent and careless.
According to the Times, a misdemeanor manslaughter charge usually carries a prison sentence of one year.
Investigators will present their evidence to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office next week.