Prosecutors in Los Angeles have decided not to charge pop culture celebrity Caitlyn Jenner relating to a fatal California crash that she was involved in. Prosecutors say that there is not enough evidence to support such a case.
The fatal crash happened just before Bruce Jenner publicly announced that he was transgender and should henceforth be referred to as a female named Caitlyn Jenner.
When the accident took place on Feb. 7, Jenner was driving an Cadillac Escalade sport utility vehicle while towing a trailer with an off-road vehicle on it. When the accident occurred, Jenner collided with two other cars, and one of the cars she hit was pushed into oncoming lanes of traffic. The driver of the car that went into oncoming lanes was killed after she was hit head-on by a Hummer.
Jenner’s attorney made a public statement saying that they believed from the beginning that Caitlyn’s name would be cleared of criminal wrongdoing. Furthermore, the attorney said that they were happy the district attorney did not even feel that a misdemeanor charge against Jenner was appropriate. The attorney said that fatal car crashes are not always criminal matters and this is an example of such a case.
According to Sheriff’s investigators, Jenner was traveling at unsafe speeds given the road conditionswhen the accident occurred. However, there was not sufficient evidence to prove vehicular manslaughter charges.
Just because criminal charges are not be brought against the driver in a particular California accident not mean that injured parties and/or family members of deceased parties will not try to seek civil damages in court. Indeed, there may be legal theories that allow for financial restitution to be sought against potentially negligent parties in a crash, even if no criminal violations were pursued against them.
Source: Cleveland, “No charges for Caitlyn Jenner in fatal Los Angeles car crash,” Sep. 30, 2015