Caitlyn Jenner may receive a charge for vehicular manslaughter due to a February car crash in which an elderly woman was killed and several people injured, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department. If so, it would be the third charge for Jenner (called Bruce at the time of the February 2015 accident). Shortly after the accident, she was charged with wrongful death. In June, a second charge, for personal injury, was filed by another plaintiff. If convicted, one-time Olympic athlete Jenner could face up one year in prison and a revocation of her license.
The multi-vehicle crash occurred when Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade hit a Lexus driven by Kim Howe. The Lexus was pushed into traffic and hit head-on by a Hummer. Howe’s family was the first to file, with a wrongful death suit. Although the collision was part of a multi-car pile-up and Jenner’s vehicle was not the first to collide with another vehicle, the Sheriff’s department was quoted as saying that Jenner was “traveling at an unsafe speed for road conditions.” Some news stories have reported eyewitness accounts that she was talking on the telephone at the time the accident occurred.
The Jenner case illustrates the importance of defensive driving and remaining aware of traffic conditions at all times. All motorists are responsible for driving so that they can avoid both accidents and contributing to an accident already occurring.