Bruce Jenner’s publicist has released an official statement to ABC News addressing everyone involved in the terrible accident that took place on Saturday, Feb 7. This is the first time the former Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has commented on the accident that claimed the life of an elderly woman.
“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. “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.”
TMZ reports the 64-year-old former Olympian claimed he was being chased by paparazzi while driving his black Cadillac Escalade. Jenner reportedly rear-ended a white Lexus that slammed into a Toyota Prius. The Lexus veered into oncoming traffic causing a head-on collision with a black Hummer. The woman driving the Lexus – identified Kim Howe 69, of Calabasas, CA – was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to The Wrap, there was speculation that Bruce may have been texting at the time of the accident. However, it has been confirmed that he was not. He also passed a field sobriety test at the scene of the accident and voluntarily submitted a blood sample. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Philip Brooks has also released a statement in reference to the accident and Bruce’s cooperation.
“He did not appear intoxicated or under the influence of anything at the time,” Sgt. Brooks said. “The problem is pinpointing the time of the accident,” Brooks said, regarding whether phone records would be any help in determining the cause of the crash. “If the accident occurred at 12:05 and 30 seconds, or 12:05 and 40 seconds, if you hung up before that, that’s useless information.”
However, the Sheriff’s Department has reportedly declined to comment on whether or not he will face charges for the accident. The investigation will be ongoing.
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