Caitlyn Jenner could face manslaughter charges following fatal car crash

A 69-year-old woman was killed after being rear-ended by Jenner's Escalade

Published August 20, 2015 8:59PM (EDT)

Caitlyn Jenner  (AP/Chris Pizzello)
Caitlyn Jenner (AP/Chris Pizzello)

According to the L.A. Times, Caitlyn Jenner could be charged with manslaughter relating to her involvement in a deadly Malibu car crash this February.

L.A. County Sherriff’s detectives will present evidence about the case in court next week. Depending on the prosecutors’ response, Jenner could face a misdemeanor manslaughter charge, which could in turn yield a sentence of up to a year in county jail.

The four-car crash occurred after Jenner’s Escalade rear-ended a Lexus sedan belonging to 69-year-old Kim Howe, forcing Howe into oncoming traffic where she was struck and killed by a Humvee.

L.A. County sherriff’s department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told reporters that while Jenner was not driving above the speed limit, she was driving at a speed "unsafe for the prevailing road condition." Yet Detective Richard Curry tells Variety that, since there was “nothing really egregious” about Jenner’s conduct, there is only a 50/50 chance she will face charges.

In addition to the criminal case, Howe’s stepchildren have filed a civil suit against Jenner alleging that she was negligent and claiming "enormous damages and losses."

By Anna Silman

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