There is new evidence supporting claims that Bruce Jenner actually rear-ended two cars in his Malibu accident earlier this month, leading to the death of one Kim Howe. Stills from a bus video show that Jenner struck Howe’s Lexus, causing her to move into the path of a southbound hammer which hit her head on. After rear-ending Howe’s Lexus, Jenner apparently also struck the Prius that was in front of Howe’s vehicle. If it’s proven that Jenner was at fault, he could be facing six years in jail for vehicular manslaughter.
However, it should be noted that manslaughter could be a misdemeanor charge depending on certain factors. “It's not often charged in California as a misdemeanor, but if Mr. Jenner was simply following too closely for the prevailing conditions, and there were no other more aggravating factors, a reasonable interpretation could lead to a simple misdemeanor manslaughter charge,” legal expert Trent Copeland told reporters. “This does not appear to be egregious. He wasn't drunk, but he most likely made an error.”
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Copeland added that Jenner could avoid the felony charge if it’s proven that Howe acted negligently. “If it turns out (Howe) turned her own wheel into oncoming traffic to avoid a collision, or if she was texting or under the influence, that breaks the chain that links the cause of the accident back to (Jenner),” he said.
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Following the incident, Jenner underwent a roadside sobriety test which he passed. His lawyer also claims that he was not on the phone at the time of the accident. Jenner released a statement the day after the accident, saying, “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 adds, “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.”