Caitlyn Jenner is off the hook after finally settling with the stepchildren of Kim Howe. TMZ reported that Caitlyn was able to reach a deal with William Howe and Dana Redmond, ending one of the lawsuits plaguing the transgender reality star. Jenner still faces the lawsuit brought forward by the driver of the Hummer H2 that slammed into Howe after Jenner rear-ended her Lexus in February, 2015.
The legal drama began when Caitlyn Jenner rear-ended the Lexus driven by Kim Howe on Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu. The collision sent Howe’s car into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with a car traveling the other direction. Unfortunately, the impact of the collision on PCH caused the death of Kim Howe.
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This prompted Howe’s stepchildren to come forward and file a wrongful death lawsuit against Caitlyn Jenner. The suit asked for unspecified damages, but many feared the Southern California car accident could cost Jenner millions.
Caitlyn was not injured in the deadly crash. The following day, Jenner released a statement about the horrible accident. “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,” said the statement Jenner released one 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.”
According to reports, Caitlyn Jenner was driving a black Cadillac Escalade on February 7, 2015. Jenner was traveling down a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that was known for being narrow and twisty when the Prius two cars up hit their brakes. Kim Howe was following the Prius in her Lexus and also pressed on the brakes. Jenner was the third car back in the sudden slowdown and rear-ended Howe, unable to stop in time. Some believe Jenner’s inability to stop may have been due to the trailer she was using to transport an all-terrain vehicle up the stretch of California coastline.
Caitlyn Jenner settles fatal car crash lawsuit with Kim Howe’s stepchildren for a ‘modest amount’ https://t.co/K3OwHNVn9L
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TMZ reported that Caitlyn Jenner was able to settle with the family of Kim Howe for a modest amount because the stepchildren weren’t really entitled to anything after the death of their stepmother. The report claims that William Howe and Dana Redmond were paid off by Jenner’s insurance company, and she didn’t actually have to pay anything out of pocket for the wrongful death lawsuit.
This is great news for Caitlyn Jenner, who was looking at some serious consequences for the PCH car crash. Initially, manslaughter charges were being considered for Jenner, who was considered at-fault in the horrific crash. Caitlyn was able to avoid criminal charges in the accident, and was working on the lawsuits stemming from the damage done during the four-car pileup on PCH.
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Jenner is still not off the hook, entirely. There are no criminal charges and Jenner won’t be doing any jail time for the deadly crash. The lawsuit that potentially could have cost Jenner the most is out of the way, too, but now she must focus on legal issues brought by the driver of the Hummer who hit Kim Howe’s Lexus, ultimately causing her death.
Initially, the family of music producer Peter Wolf-Millesi sued the estate of Kim Howe for $18.5 million, claiming the deceased driver was to blame for the head-on collision with his Hummer. It turns out that lawsuit was more of a formality, and the real target for Wolf-Millesi’s lawsuit was Caitlyn Jenner.
The lawsuit claimed Caitlyn, who still identified as Bruce Jenner at the time of the crash, was negligent and caused Howe’s car to careen into the Hummer H2. The lawsuit was filed by Wolf-Millesi, his wife, Lea Wolf-Millesi, and his mother-in-law, Elga Maurer, and claims the family has suffered significant injuries as a result of the crash as well as mental trauma. The documents in the lawsuit claimed the occupants of the Hummer H2 suffered “significant personal injuries and emotional distress.” Wolf-Millesi’s two young children, Nino Lestat and Gaetano Tiago, were also in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
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