Caitlyn Jenner will not face charges in the fatal car accident that killed a woman. For Caitlyn, the collision that impacted four cars has been weighing heavily throughout Jenner’s highly publicized transition from a man to a transgender woman. But the district attorney ruled that not enough evidence exists to charge Caitlyn, reported People.
Jenner faced the potential of being charged either with a misdemeanor or manslaughter as a result of the car crash. But after evaluating the evidence, the Los Angeles district attorney ruled that it was insufficient to press charges.
“[Our office] cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt [that her] conduct was unreasonable,” stated the court documentation.
Caitlyn’s lawyer, Blair Berk, emphasized that he had faith that once the investigation was completed, Jenner would not face charges of criminal wrongdoing.
“We are heartened the District Attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would be inappropriate. A traffic accident, however devastating and heartbreaking when a life is lost, is not necessarily a criminal matter,” added the attorney.
The accident occurred last winter when a multi-car collision on the Pacific Coast Highway resulted in the death of 70-year-old Kimberly Howe. Her stepchildren subsequently sued 65-year-old Jenner for wrongful death, resulting in the investigation by prosecutors.
The court documents show that when Jenner was towing her dune buggy, she hit the rear of Howe’s car. Howe had slammed on her brakes when a Prius abruptly halted in traffic. The resulting crash resulted in Howe’s auto traveling into another lane, where another auto hit her car.
Based on the analysis of the crashes, police decided that Caitlyn was driving slower than Howe, and going lower than the legal speed limit.
Jenner does not recall the car crash well, she revealed to Matt Lauer in an interview.
“I remember it happening and that’s about it. A tragedy like this, you’ll never get over it. You just learn to live with it the best you possibly can,” said Caitlyn.
Jenner just completed the process of changing her name legally following her transition, but the court papers reference her as William Bruce Jenner.
As the Inquisitr reported, Caitlyn received a judge’s approval for her previous request to have her name and gender changes recognized legally, a major milestone in her transition as a transgender woman. And for Jenner, it means more than legal paperwork.
The legal approval follows Caitlyn’s formal filing in the Los Angeles Superior Court for a gender and name change. The request stipulated that Jenner desired to have her name changed from William Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Marie Jenner.
“[The change is] to better match my identity,” read the court filing.
Caitlyn now can apply for important documentation, such as a Social Security card and driver’s license that match Jenner’s new appearance, name, and gender.
But while Caitlyn triumphs with her new transgender lifestyle, family members from ex-wife Kris Jenner to their daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner are struggling with the changes.
Most recently, Kylie and Kendall were on the red carpet when the youngest sister had what appeared to be a panic attack, reported the Mirror.
Since Caitlyn went public with her transgender revelation, the scrutiny of the Jenner sisters has been accentuated. When Kylie was tasked with talking about Caitlyn’s transition with press members at a red carpet event, she struggled to overcome her anxiety about it.
“Wait, no. Now I feel too sick. I feel like I’m going to faint. I really don’t want to,” said Kylie prior to exiting the red carpet.
Kendall had been there with her but she left, and Kylie later said that her big sister abandoned her.
“I totally understand you had your s*** going on. I just felt like I really needed you,” said Kylie.
The other Jenner daughter apologized.
“I just have to remember that you’re my little sister and I’ve got to protect you sometimes,” said Kendall.
Caitlyn’s ex-wife and Keeping Up With The Kardashians momager Kris Jenner also is struggling for acceptance of her ex-husband’s new transgender lifestyle, reported Radar Online.
Kris’ closest buddies feel that she’s falling apart since Caitlyn’s transition. They revealed that Jenner has no longer taken on the role as the life of the party.
“She never smiles anymore,” said one insider. “Before she would always be the life and soul of any gathering, bringing people out of their shells, smoothing over any arguments among her kids and adding a real sparkle to any occasion.”
They also expressed concern that at 59, Kris is no longer interested in what’s happening with her family. The girls now can be on their phones during dinner without intervention from their mom, for example.
“Kris is deflated, defeated and… just can’t reconcile the fact that this glamorous woman used to be her masculine Olympic-hero husband — and is now getting unfairly compared to her in every way. Poor Kris is a shadow of her former self and it seems she’ll never recover from this,” added one of Jenner’s friends.
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