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Caitlyn Jenner Could Face Vehicular Manslaughter Charge for Highway Crash

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By    |   Friday, 21 Aug 2015 12:38 PM

Caitlyn Jenner could be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for her involvement in a chain-reaction crash that killed one woman in February.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said this week that, while Jenner was not speeding, her speed was "unsafe for the prevailing road conditions," The Associated Press reported.

Investigators found that the additional weight of a trailer Jenner was hauling made it harder to stop, resulting in a rear-end collision that ultimately pushed 69-year-old Kim Howe and her vehicle into oncoming traffic, where it was struck head-on by a Hummer.

Sheriff's officials do not make official recommendations on charges, but said the investigation found enough evidence to support a count of vehicular manslaughter. The district attorney will review the investigation findings by the end of August, and decide if charges will be brought.

A conviction could carry up to a year in the county jail.

Daniel W. Vomhof, an accident reconstructionist who has testified in 3,500 cases, said that because Jenner has no prior record, she would likely not face jail time if convicted. More likely, he said, is a fine or probation, or perhaps a lesser charge altogether.

The crash, which occurred in February on Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway, transpired before Jenner transitioned from Bruce to Caitlyn. As Bruce, Jenner was the 1976 Olympic decathlon. Jenner, who is the stepparent of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, also has her own show now, "I Am Cait."

Jenner also faces a civil lawsuit from Howe's stepchildren, which is ongoing. Jessica Steindorff, another woman involved in the crash, is also seeking damages with a lawsuit.

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