California officials recently announced that Caitlyn Jenner may face vehicular
manslaughter charges as a result of a February 2015 accident in which
her SUV pushed a smaller car into the direct path of an oncoming vehicle.
The driver of the car, an elderly woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.
If convicted, Jenner (who was known as Bruce when the accident occurred)
faces a possible jail sentence of up to a year.
Although in a recent interview on the
Today show Jenner stated she had been driving under the speed limit, the Los
Angeles County Sheriff’s department indicated that her driving may
have simply been too fast for the situation and “set off a chain
of events:” it was rainy and wet, and Jenner was the third car is
a multivehicle incident. According to
MSNBC analyst Ari Melber, the case may hinge on the question of whether the
driving was safe given the conditions: “that is the legal standard
in this case — was there negligence" he reported.
If these charges are brought, it would be the third charge stemming from
the accident against Jenner, a former Olympic athlete. A wrongful death
claim was filed shortly after the incident. A claim for damages was charged
by another driver involved during the summer.
In recent interview on the
Today show, Jenner maintained that she was traveling under the speed limit and
termed the incident a “tragedy.”
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