Caitlyn Jenner has succeeded to settle her lawsuit with Jessica Steindorff, the driver of the Prius involved in the reality star’s fatal crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in February.
The reality star, then known as Bruce Jenner, slammed into a Lexus while driving down the busy Los Angeles parkway. The car’s driver, Kim Howe, was then sent into oncoming traffic, where she was struck and killed by a Hummer. After hitting Kim Howe’s car, Bruce Jenner then crashed into Jessica Steindorff’s Prius.
Jessica Steindorff, whose car was nearly totaled in the accident, sued Caitlyn Jenner in June. In her legal papers, the plaintiff maintained that in addition to the property damage, she was also seeking compensation for personal injuries suffered. The amount of the settlement has not been undisclosed.
However, Caitlyn Jenner’s insurance company reportedly paid for all of the damages.
The reality star still has two additional lawsuits in progress.
Caitlyn Jenner faces a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Kim Howe’s stepchildren, but Jenner has been fighting to get that claim dismissed, arguing that the plaintiffs had no relationship with their late stepmom and did not depend on her financially. Additionally, the five occupants of the Hummer involved in the collision filed a civil suit against Caitlyn Jenner earlier this month, alleging she was responsible for the accident due to driving recklessly and at an unsafe speed.
According to new reports, Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing evidence and considering whether to file charges against Caitlyn Jenner over a traffic collision on a coastal highway that killed a woman earlier this year.
The case was presented on August 25 and is being reviewed by the agency’s Major Crimes Division, Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokesman Greg Risling said.
There’s no timetable for when prosecutors will decide whether they will file charges against Caitlyn Jenner.
Bruce Jenner, who became Caitlyn Jenner, was driving a sport utility vehicle February 7 when it slammed into two cars on Pacific Coast Highway, pushing a Lexus driven by 69-year-old Kim Howe into oncoming traffic.
According to new reports, Bruce Jenner was driving at 38 mph during this month’s fatal car accident.
The former Olympian was traveling in his SUV along Pacific Coast Highway when he struck a Lexus, which then spun into oncoming traffic and was hit by a Hummer, killing the Lexus driver, Kim Howe.
Investigators had questioned whether speed could have been a factor in the deadly collision, but according to TMZ, the Sensing Diagnostic Module in Bruce Jenner’s car shows he was initially driving between 46 and 47 mph.
Bruce Jenner slammed on his brakes right before the impact, bringing his speed down to 38, per the data recorder. The incident reportedly took place in less than three seconds.
The new information could prove that Bruce Jenner was unaware of the traffic backup at a stop light ahead of him, as investigators continue to research whether he was driving too closely to the Lexus, and how much fault he bears for what happened.
After striking the Lexus, Bruce Jenner then hit the Prius that was in front of the other car. The accident was caught on tape by a MTA bus surveillance camera.
Bruce Jenner initially reportedly claimed he was being chased by paparazzi, but officials have said photographers were not near enough to have been a factor.
Bruce Jenner’s cellphone records will be released to investigators in connection with Saturday’s fatal car crash on Pacific Coast Highway.
Sgt. Philip Brooks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the Los Angeles Times that investigators would ask Bruce Jenner to sign a form to release his cellphone records to authorities.
Meanwhile, DMV records showed that Kim Howe, the 69-year-old driver killed in the Malibu crash, had not had a valid license since 2007, when it expired.
Alan Nierob, the former Olympian’s publicist, has said Bruce Jenner would provide the records to show he was not texting, Associated Press reported.
Philip Brooks said investigators would try to obtain cellphone records for the other drivers involved in the crash that killed Kim Howe. At this point, he said, all drivers were being investigated.
The crash investigation likely will take months, the sergeant said: “It’s like putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.”
Along with reviewing cellphone records, detectives plan to examine the vehicles, re-create the crash on paper, talk to witnesses and look through any photographs and video.
If the probe reveals one of the drivers committed a vehicle code violation at the time of the crash, more serious charges – including vehicular manslaughter – are a possibility, he said.
Authorities say the crash happened when a Lexus slammed into a Prius that had stopped or slowed down on PCH near Corral Canyon Road in Malibu.
Bruce Jenner was behind the Lexus in a black Cadillac Escalade, hauling an off-road vehicle. He rear-ended the Lexus.
The Lexus was pushed into the path of a Hummer, causing a head-on collision.
Kim Howe, the driver of the Lexus, died at the scene.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Kim Howe had not had a valid driver’s license since 2007, when it expired.
Bruce Jenner, who rear-ended Kim Howe’s vehicle, has a valid license, the DMV said.
Paparazzi were following Bruce Jenner, but Philip Brooks said it didn’t appear Jenner was trying to outrun them.
Philip Brooks said Bruce Jenner was photographed holding a cellphone but it was unclear when it was taken. Five others were hurt, but not seriously, in the crash.
On February 8, Bruce Jenner issued a statement calling the crash a “devastating tragedy.”
“My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident,” the reality star said in a statement released by his publicist.
“It is a devastating tragedy and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible.”
The woman killed in this weekend’s deadly multi-vehicle crash involving Bruce Jenner has been identified as Kim Howe.
Kim Howe was a 69-year-old widow who lived in Calabasas and Malibu.
Public records show that Kim Howe had a home in the same gated community in Calabasas as Bruce Jenner’s former stepdaughters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.
Kim Howe was behind the wheel of a Lexus on the Pacific Coast Highway when the Toyota Prius ahead of her stopped and she slammed into it.
Bruce Jenner, driving a Cadillac Escalade behind Kim Howe, crashed into her, sending the woman’s car into oncoming traffic, where a Hummer collided with it. Kim Howe died at the scene.
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Authorities are still trying to determine exactly what happened to cause the accident.
Bruce Jenner has said that he wasn’t distracted by texting at the time of the accident, and has volunteered to show investigators his cell phone records.The woman killed in this weekend’s deadly multi-vehicle crash involving Bruce Jenner has been identified as Kim Howe. Kim Howe was a 69-year-old widow who lived in Calabasas and Malibu. Public records show that Kim Howe had a home in the same gated community in Calabasas as Bruce Jenner’s former stepdaughters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. Kim Howe was behind the wheel of a Lexus on the Pacific Coast Highway when the Toyota Prius ahead of her stopped and she slammed into it. Bruce Jenner, driving a Cadillac Escalade behind Kim Howe, crashed into her, sending the woman’s car into oncoming traffic, where a Hummer collided with it. Kim Howe died at the scene. Authorities are still trying to determine exactly what happened to cause the accident. Bruce Jenner has said that he wasn’t distracted by texting at the time of the accident, and has volunteered to show investigators his cell phone records.