Caitlyn Jenner could be charged with manslaughter following her car accident in Malibu earlier this year that left one dead.
“The case will be submitted to the district attorney next week,” said Lt. Shaun Mathers of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Detectives have completed their six-month investigation and are set to present evidence to the prosecution that could lead to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against the “I Am Cait” star. Because there’s “nothing really egregious” in the case, Det. Richard Curry of the Sheriff’s Dept. said there’s a “50/50” chance that she will be charged.
A misdemeanor manslaughter charge usually carries a one-year county jail sentence.
Jenner was driving down Pacific Coast Highway on Feb. 7 at an unsafe speed when her Escalade hit another vehicle, causing a chain-reaction crash, authorities said. Curry charged that Jenner’s violation of the vehicular manslaughter law ultimately led to a death.
“My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident,” Jenner said in a statement a day after the accident. “It is a devastating tragedy, and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible.”
Although Jenner was not speeding, she was driving too fast for the day’s road conditions.
According to authorities, Kim Howe’s Lexus rear-ended Jessica Steindorff’s Toyota Prius, causing Jenner’s Escalade to rear-end Howe’s car, pushing it into oncoming traffic. A Hummer then struck Howe’s car head-on, causing her to die at the scene near Corral Canyon Road.
Steindorff and Howe’s family separately sued Jenner, claiming that her negligence was to blame for the fatal crash. Steindorff alleges that she suffered more than $25,000 in damages.
Detectives will also present evidence to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office against Steindorff, as she was driving on a suspended license at the time.
The accident occurred months before Jenner’s gender transition. She was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, the gold medalist in the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics, stepfather of the Kardashian clan and star of the hit E! reality series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
If Jenner is charged, her E! docuseries “I Am Cait” will not be affected, as the first season has wrapped production, with the finale set to air on Sept. 13.
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