Notable Republican Could Face Misdemeanor Manslaughter Charge for Fatal Car Crash

Caitlyn Jenner
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August 20, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner could face a misdemeanor manslaughter charge for her role in a fatal four-car accident earlier this year.

According to CNN, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective confirmed Thursday that the case is being turned over to a prosecutor.

"Jenner’s case is going to go to the district attorney next week to see if it is worthy of a misdemeanor violation for involuntary manslaughter," detective Richard Curry said.

The multiple-car collision, which occurred on Feb. 7 on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., saw Jenner rear-end the vehicle of 69-year-old Kimberly Howe and send it into oncoming traffic. Howe died at the scene of the accident.

Curry confirmed Thursday that the investigation determined Jenner was traveling at an "unsafe speed."

"We did determine in the investigation that Jenner was going at an unsafe speed for the prevailing conditions, even though he was traveling under the posted speed limit," explained Curry.

Caitlyn Jenner, known as Bruce at the time of the accident, offered her "deepest sympathies" to those involved and their loved ones in the wake of the collision.

"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," Jenner said in a statement the day after the crash. "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."

Jenner underwent a public gender transition this year after coming out to Diane Sawyer as a transgender woman in an April interview. During the same conversation, Jenner also identified as a Republican.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives will present evidence to prosecutors next week.

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