Caitlyn Jenner may face manslaughter charges for role in fatal car crash

By Rachel Wold

According to a report by the New York Times, Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner—Olympic gold medalist—could face a manslaughter charge for her part in a fatal car crash that occurred in February.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s investigators are expected to provide evidence that could support a manslaughter charge, per the report.

The fatal car accident took place in Malibu, California on Pacific Coast Highway when Ms. Jenner was driving in a manner that was investigators found “unsafe for the prevailing road conditions,” as reported by the Associated Press.

Ms. Jenner was driving a Cadillac Escalade that was towing an off-road vehicle when she turned to avoid traffic and rear ended a Lexus, shoving it into oncoming traffic. The driver of the Lexus, Kim Howe was killed when her car was struck by a Hummer, head-on.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Nicole Nishida, said that the case would be reviewed by the district attorney next week which will determine if Ms Jenner will ultimately face charges.

Ms. Jenner’s lawyer has declined to comment at this time. The accident took place a few months before Bruce transitioned to Caitlyn. Bruce spoke about the upcoming gender transition process that was soon going to take place on in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer in April.

In June, Caitlyn revealed her new identity on the cover of a Vanity Fair magazine followed by an appearance in July at the ESPY’s where she was presented with the Arthur Ashe award for courage.