Two months after killing one and injuring seven others through alleged negligent driving, Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner was given an award for courage by ESPN and starred in a reality TV show about her difficulties being a trans-woman.
Now Jenner could face a vehicular manslaughter charge after sheriff’s investigators found she was driving unsafely when she caused the chain-reaction crash in February.
Investigators determined Jenner was driving at a speed “unsafe for the prevailing road conditions,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said Thursday.
Jenner was hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer behind her Cadillac Escalade on Feb. 7 when she steered to avoid cars slowing for a traffic light in front of her on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.
Jenner was unable to stop in time and her SUV rear-ended two cars, pushing a Lexus into oncoming traffic and also hitting a Toyota Prius. The Lexus driver, 69-year-old Kim Howe, was killed when her car was struck head-on by a Hummer.
The subsequent investigation found enough evidence to support a vehicular manslaughter count, Nishida said.
If convicted, Jenner could face up to one year in county jail.
Investigators will present their findings to the district attorney by the end of August and that office will determine what, if any, charges Jenner will face.
The fatal crash occurred months before Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. She was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and Kim Kardashian’s stepfather.
The Associated Press contributed to this story