California prosecutors declined to charge Caitlyn Jenner, on Wednesday, for her connection to a fatal multi-car accident this past February.
After a month-long investigation by the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, prosecutors cite insufficient evidence for the denial.
Jenner was reportedly driving too fast under the rainy weather conditions in February when her SUV rear-ended a Lexus on the Malibu Pacific Coast Highway. The rear-end accident resulted in a domino effect that caused the death of the driver of the Lexis, 69-year-old Kim Howe.
Howe’s stepchildren, Dana Redmond and William Howe, filed a civil lawsuit against Jenner for unspecified damages, claiming Jenner was negligent in the crash, faulting her for their loss.
Despite the charges, Caitlyn was not found guilty…
Prosecutors could have filed a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against Jenner, but the investigation, according to sources familiar to it, had a number of factors that didn’t match up, including that Jenner was not in fact driving recklessly or at an excessive speed. She also didn’t flee the scene, travel with flow of traffic, or was on her cellphone at the time of the crash.
“We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing,” Jenner’s attorney, Blair Berk, said in a statement. “We are heartened the district attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would be inappropriate. A traffic accident, however devastating and heartbreaking when a life is lost, is not necessarily a criminal matter.”
Jenner was actually driving slightly below the posted speed limit and “minimally slower than the victim,” according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Charging Jenner with a crime would require “ordinary negligence,” and prosecutors say they “could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect’s conduct was unreasonable.”