Given what the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has just announced, the next phase of Caitlyn Jenner’s new reality show — if there is one — might be shot behind bars.
The Los Angeles Times reports that authorities will soon present to prosecutors evidence that could support charges against Jenner in connection with the deadly crash in which he was involved on Pacific Coast Highway earlier this year. Investigators say that Jenner was “driving at an unsafe speed for the road conditions that day” in February when his vehicle hit a car driven by a woman named Kim Howe. She died in the chain-reaction crash.
“The evidence will be presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office next week. Prosecutors will review the case and decide whether to formally charge Jenner. Typically, a single misdemeanor manslaughter charge could carry a sentence of a year in jail,” according to the Times report.
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Because the deadly crash involved a high-profile celebrity — one who has been honored for “courage” by ESPN and now stars in the I Am Cait reality series on E! — the exhaustive sheriff’s investigation has taken some six months to conclude. The Times article on the possible charges against Jenner notes:
At the time of the crash near Corral Canyon Road in Malibu, authorities said Howe’s Lexus rear-ended Steindorff’s Prius when it slowed down or suddenly stopped, and that Jenner’s Escalade then rear-ended Howe’s car, thrusting it into oncoming traffic. A Hummer struck Howe’s Lexus after it was pushed into traffic.
Howe, 69, died at the scene.
Ironically, Caitlyn Jenner’s new reality show chronicling his transgender experiences has itself been dying in the ratings. While the much-ballyhooed TV spectacle drew an initially impressive audience for its premiere, the wow-factor has steadily declined and viewership has dramatically sagged.
Of the crash and charges that Caitlyn Jenner could now face, a former L.A. prosecutor named Dmitry Gorin notes for the Times report:
“Misdemeanor manslaughter happen to people everyday. I remember a law professor getting charged… if you commit a road infraction that result is a death that becomes a traffic misdemeanor manslaughter.”
Still, if prosecuted and convicted, Jenner could face a year in jail, fines, and loss of driving privileges.
It will be interesting to see if any charges the prosecutor may decide to file name the driver of Jenner’s vehicle at the time — Bruce — or the person that the once-great athlete has now supposedly become.
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