Bruce Jenner denies that he was texting while driving at the time of the four-vehicle crash in Malibu that left a woman dead, a publicist for the Olympic gold medallist said Sunday.
However, if police find that Bruce Jenner was indeed texting, he could face vehicular manslaughter charges.
Jenner’s publicist, Ala Nierob, said his client will provide his mobile phone records if requested by investigators looking into the cause of Saturday’s crash on the Pacific Coast Highway.
“The evidence will show that Bruce was not texting at the time of the accident,” said Nierob.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials have said investigators will likely seek mobile phone records for all the drivers to determine if texting had a role in the accident.
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Jenner rear-ended a white Lexus sedan with his black Cadillac Escalade. The Lexus hit a Toyota Prius that had slowed down or stopped short, Sgt. Philip Brooks said.
After being hit by Bruce Jenner’s SUV, the Lexus then veered into oncoming traffic and was hit head-on by a black Hummer.
Kim Howe, 69, of Calabasas, California — the driver of the Lexus — was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Jenner said the accident is “a devastating tragedy” and vows to cooperate with investigators.
“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,” Bruce Jenner said in a statement Sunday evening.
“It is a devastating tragedy I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them.”
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Despite earlier reports, there was no indication Bruce Jenner was being chased by paparazzi at the time of the crash, authorities said.
“Being a celebrity, he is often followed by paparazzi. He was aware of that, and it doesn’t appear he took any evasive action to avoid the paparazzi,” Brooks said.
Jenner passed a field sobriety test and voluntarily submitted a blood sample to determine whether he was intoxicated.