Caitlyn Jenner Faces Possible Manslaughter Charges

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Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a car crash in Malibu earlier this year that resulted in a death.

Detectives have since conducted and completed a six-month investigation into the case and there could possibly be a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against Jenner.

“The case will be submitted to the district attorney next week,” Los Angeles County Sherriff Department’s Lt. Shaun Mathers said.

Detective Richard Curry said that there is a “50/50” chance that Jenner will be charged considering that there is “nothing really egregious” in the case.

The accident occurred on Feb. 7, when the “I Am Cait” reality star was driving down Pacific Coast Highway at an unsafe speed and crashed into another vehicle, causing a chain reaction crash. Jenner was not speeding, but under the road conditions at the time, the speed she was driving at was too fast. Detective Curry said that the chain reaction caused by Jenner ultimately led to the death of one of the vehicle’s occupants, Kim Howe.

Howe’s vehicle rear-ended Jessica Steindorff’s, which caused Jenner’s Escalade to rear-end Howe’s car, pushing it into oncoming traffic. Once Howe was pushing into traffic, a Hummer crashed head on into her, resulting in her 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 following 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.”

Both Howe’s family and Steindorff sued Jenner in separate suits, claiming that she is to blame for the fatal crash. Steindorff claimed to have suffered over $25,000 in damages.

Detectives also intend to present evidence that Steindorff was driving on a suspended license at the time of the accident. All evidence will be presented to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

If Jenner is charged, misdemeanor manslaughter charges usually result in a one-year jail sentence.

The accident occurred prior to Jenner’s gender transition. Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, the star is known for winning gold at the 1976 Summer Olympics, being stepfather to the Kardashians, and starring on E! Entertainment’s reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

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