Caitlyn Jenner Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Fatal PCH Crash | NBC Southern California

Caitlyn Jenner Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Fatal PCH Crash

Jenner rear-ended a driver on Feb. 7 in a fatal chain-reaction crash on Pacific Coast Highway



    The scene of a fatal crash Feb. 7, 2015 on Pacific Coast Highway involving Caitlyn Jenner.

    Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged criminally in a chain-reaction crash on Pacific Coast Highway that killed a woman in February, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    While driving on PCH and towing a dune buggy on Feb. 7, Jenner rear ended a woman's vehicle causing that car to veer into opposing lanes of traffic where the victim's car was hit by a second vehicle, killing the woman, authorities said.

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    Prosecutors said Jenner was traveling below the posted speed limit and put on the brakes right before the crash and the only possible violation was a traffic infraction.

    Prosecutors said they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jenner's "conduct was unreasonable," according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's charge evaluation worksheet.

    "We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing," Jenner’s attorney, Blair Berk, told NBC News' Andrew Blankstein. "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."

    The ex-Olympian faces civil litigation in the crash.

    Hollywood talent manager Jessica Marie Steindorff, who counts model Alessandra Ambrosio as a client, filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit seeks unspecified damages and does not reveal any new information about the fatal crash.

    Steindorff was driving a 2010 Toyota Prius that was allegedly rear-ended by Jenner in the crash that left Kim Howe of Calabasas dead.

    According to sheriff's deputies, Steindorff's Prius was stopped on PCH when she was rear-ended by a white Lexus. Jenner's black SUV with a trailer in tow then rear-ended the white Lexus, sending it into oncoming traffic, where it collided with a black hummer.

    Howe died at the scene. Relatives of Howe have filed a separate suit against Jenner.

    Jenner won the gold medal in the 1976 Olympic decathlon and is known to a younger generation for a role in the reality TV series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." After a Vanity Fair story about Jenner and her gender transition appeared online, she became the most searched item on Google and her Twitter profile following skyrocketed to more than 1 million in about four hours.

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