Caitlyn Jenner Will Not Be Charged for Her Role in Fatal February Car Accident

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Chris Pizzello/Associated Press

Prosecutors declined to charge Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday for her part in a fatal car accident in February, according to Anthony McCartney of the Associated Press.  

Jenner, who was towing an off-road vehicle behind her Cadillac Escalade in Malibu, California, struck two cars in front of her, and Kim Howe was killed when her car was forced into oncoming traffic. The district attorney's major crimes division was investigating whether or not Jenner should be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Ultimately, prosecutors determined there wasn't enough evidence for a conviction. 

Blair Berk, Jenner's attorney, was pleased to learn that charges wouldn't be pressed, per the AP report:

We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing. 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, 65, won the gold medal in the decathlon in the 1976 Olympic Games. Born Bruce Jenner, she publicly announced her gender transition this spring. She won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this July's ESPY Awards.


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