Caitlyn Jenner could face criminal charges for that fatal crash

2015-08-21 09:36

Los Angeles - Caitlyn Jenner could face a vehicular manslaughter charge after sheriff's investigators found she was driving unsafely when she caused a chain-reaction crash that killed a woman in February, officials said on Thursday.

Investigators determined Jenner was driving at a speed "unsafe for the prevailing road conditions," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.

Jenner was hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer behind her Cadillac Escalade on 7 February when she steered to avoid cars slowing for a traffic light in front of her on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Jenner was unable to stop in time and her SUV rear-ended two cars, pushing a Lexus into oncoming traffic and also hitting a Toyota Prius. The Lexus driver, 69-year-old Kim Howe, was killed when her car was struck head-on by a Hummer.

Daniel W Vomhof, an accident reconstructionist, said the additional weight from towing a loaded trailer makes it more difficult to stop a vehicle quickly.

Sheriff's officials do not make official recommendations on charges. However, the investigation found enough evidence to support a vehicular manslaughter count, Nishida said.

If convicted, Jenner could face up to one year in county jail.

Investigators will present their findings to the district attorney by the end of August and that office will determine what, if any, charges Jenner will face.

Jenner's attorney Blair Berk declined to comment.

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