According to new reports by DailyMail, Caitlyn Jenner could be charged with vehicular manslaughter as early as next week in connection to a February crash in Malibu, California that killed one person.
Speaking on the case, the lead detective told KABC that they plan to turn the results of the investigation over to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office next week, and will recommend Jenner be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. It will be up to the DA’s office whether to charge Jenner with the crime.
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The detective claims that the recommendation for the charge is based on how fast Jenner was going at the time of the crash, a speed they believe was unsafe. One woman was killed and seven others injured when Jenner rear-ended a Lexus on February 7.
A Toyota Prius had come to a stop in the intersection for unknown reasons, and then Jenner slammed into the Lexus waiting to move behind the Prius. At the time, Jenner was driving a Cadillac Escalade towing a trailer, and the impact of her SUV on the Lexus forced the car into southbound traffic where it collided head on with a Hummer. The driver of the Lexus, Kimberly Howe, was killed.
In the aftermath of the crash, Howe’s stepchildren filed a lawsuit against Jenner, saying she was driving at an unsafe speed and that her negligence cause the 69-year-old’s death. When interviewed by police after the crash, Jenner told them that she was being followed by paparazzi but was not trying to evade them. There were also reports that Jenner was on her phone at the time of the crash, something her lawyer has denied.
In California, the maximum sentence for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter is one year in jail.