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Caitlyn Jenner Found Innocent in Vehicular Manslaughter Case

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Olivia Finger2 years ago

Caitlyn Jenner has been found not guilty in connection with a crash that left one woman dead earlier this year, according to reports.

Details of the Trial and Verdict

According to Reuters, the jury was unable to determine without a reasonable doubt that 65-year-old Jenner was responsible, finding that prosecutors did not provide enough evidence to convict the former Olympian and reality TV star.

Jenner’s attorney, said in a written statement, “We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing”.

The district attorney’s office released a summary of the investigation stating that Jenner was driving slightly below the speed limit and braked 1.9 to 1.5 seconds before the impact. The report stated that the only possible violation police could give Jenner was a “violation of the basic speed law”, or too fast for current conditions.

Prosecutors, however, said that crime also requires negligence, and that they could not prove without a reasonable doubt that her actions were irrational.

The attorney for Howe’s family who were seeking retributions argued that, “The DA's decision not to pursue criminal charges places even more importance on our clients' lawsuit. It is abundantly clear is that Ms. Jenner's inattentive driving caused this rear-end collision that resulted in Ms. Howe's death”.

The crash, which happened in Malibu, resulted in the death of 69-year-old Kim Howe. Jenner was driving a Cadillac Escalade towing a trailer when she struck two other cars. Howe’s car was pushed onto oncoming traffic, where it was struck by a hummer, killing her instantly.  

Jessica Steindorff was another party injured in the accident.

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, is now the star of her own reality TV show, “I Am Cait,” which is focused on her transition from male to female.

National Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 33,561 people were killed in auto accidents in the United States in 2012 – a 3.3-percent increase over the 32,479 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in 2012:
  • An additional 2,365,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2012.


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