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.”