Reality star Bruce Jenner and his family may be able to breath a sigh of relief. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Jenner was involved in a horrific, several vehicle car accident on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu late this week. Five people, including three children, were injured in the crash. One motorist died of their injuries, but Jenner was unharmed.
The accident was apparently caused by Jenner, and early reports suggested it may have been caused by a paparazzi chase. Bruce Jenner has been a major target of paparazzi in recent weeks surrounding the revelation that he is transgender and has been quietly transitioning from male to female since his sudden divorce from Keeping Up with the Kardashians co-star and family matriarch Kris Jenner.
The mounting evidence of Jenner’s gender transition and the great lengths to which the Kardashian family has gone to keep the next season of their flagship reality show secret have created a media frenzy around Bruce Jenner, which made the paparazzi chase theory seem plausible.
Not so, according to the L.A. Times. Reportedly officials have said that, while the paparazzi were present at the scene of the accident, there is no evidence that a chase contributed to the fatal accident. In fact, authorities say there is no evidence that Jenner was involved in a paparazzi chase at all. Paparazzi did manage to capture the moments leading up to and immediately following the crash.
The photographs from directly before Jenner’s crash piqued investigator’s interest, and news broke that investigators plan to examine his mobile phone records to determine whether or not he was texting during the accident. Texting while driving is illegal in the state of California, and if Jenner was proven to be texting at the time of the fatal collision, he could face several years in prison for vehicular manslaughter.
Now, it seems that the same paparazzi who were initially blamed for the accident may save Bruce Jenner. TMZ reports that the photographs taken in the moments before the incident appear to show Bruce Jenner smoking, not texting.
Jenner passed a field sobriety test, voluntarily took a blood test, and made no attempt to flee the scene of the accident. There is also evidence that Jenner tried to prevent the collision by slamming on his brakes and veering to the right just before the collision. These factors suggest that Bruce Jenner will not face criminal charges associated with the accident, though that does not mean he won’t face civil charges from the injured parties or from the family of the motorist who died at the scene.
Officials now believe that a Prius in front of the Lexus that Bruce Jenner struck may have stopped suddenly, and triggered the collision.