Bruce Jenner may be charged with involuntary vehicular manslaughter after a video of the deadly Feb. 7 car crash he was involved in shows Jenner was at fault in the accident that resulted in the death of Kim Howe, a 69-year-old widow.
A recreation of the car crash based on a video from a local commuter bus (see above) shows Jenner hit both cars in front of him, TMZ reported Feb. 19.
A veteran litigator told me exclusively Bruce could be found criminally liable and potentially face jail time if he failed to keep a minimum safe distance behind the car in front of him and if he was texting/talking on the phone before the car accident.
It’s unlikely Jenner will go to jail, but he faces possible civil liability that could result in a multi-million-dollar judgment, said the attorney, a former litigator with the Department of Justice and the law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett.
This tragic turn of events has rattled Bruce to his core. Jenner, who recently came out as transgender to his family, has decided to postpone his sex change transition to a woman until after the ongoing police investigation of the deadly car crash is finished.
Sex Change Transition Postponed
“The accident is now taking precedence over his personal journey to become a woman,” said a source. “The interview with Diane Sawyer, the filming of the docu-series and the surgery will carry on, but there is a delay. “[The sex change surgery is] on hold now because Bruce’s central focus has shifted.”
Family members, including stepdaughter Kim Kardashian, recently revealed Jenner is “the happiest” he has ever been after coming out about being transgender and his desire to live as a woman. Now, Bruce’s plans to start a new chapter in his life have been derailed indefinitely by the fatal car crash.
Jenner expressed his regrets in an emotional statement: “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. It is a devastating tragedy.”
Bruce told investigators he has been taking female hormones ahead of his sex change transition, but the hormone treatment did not play a role in the deadly car crash. Jenner was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, when he got caught up in a seven-car pile-up.
Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade hit the Lexus in front of him, causing it to careen onto oncoming traffic. The driver of that car, Kim Howe, died after being hit by an oncoming Hummer.
Initial reports claimed the driver of a Prius in front of the Lexus may have caused the crash by making an abrupt stop at a traffic light, causing the Lexus to hit her from behind. Bruce then slammed on his brakes, rear-ending the Lexus onto oncoming traffic. However, the newly surfaced video indicates Jenner hit both cars, causing the death of Kim Howe.
Bruce passed a field sobriety test at the scene of the accident and voluntarily agreed to a blood test at a local hospital as part of an ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident. While getting his blood drawn, medical technicians asked if Jenner was taking any medication, and he replied that he had been taking a very low dosage of female hormones that his doctor had prescribed.
Jenner’s rep also denied he had been texting immediately before the crash crash, saying phone records will prove he was not texting. Bruce is devastated over the tragic accident, which occurred a week after his mom, Esther Jenner, confirmed the former Olympic gold medalist will undergo sex change surgery to become a woman.
Esther, 88, said she is so proud of Bruce for coming out as transgender and fully supports her son’s decision to discuss his gender transition on a TV docu-series. “I never thought I could be more proud of Bruce when he reached his goal in 1976, but I’m more proud of him now,” said Esther.
Bruce Knew He Wanted to Be a Woman Since Age 5
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) advocates have also thrown their support behind Jenner, whom they believe can shine a spotlight on gender identity issues that have been the source of shame and suicide among the LGBT community, Celebrity Health reported.
Sources recently revealed Bruce knew he was transgender since the age of 5 but hid his gender identities issues out of shame and fear.
Jenner became an international celebrity after winning the gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. Jenner has been divorced three times and is the father of six children: Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Brody Jenner, Casey Jenner, Burt Jenner and Brandon Jenner. Bruce is also the stepfather of Kim Kardashian and her three siblings, Rob, Kourtney and Khloe.
Jenner plans to document his sex change transition on a reality TV show that could air as early as May. Bruce has agreed to do a TV interview about his gender transition with Diane Sawyer of ABC News. The interview will also air in May, to coincide with his reality TV show.
Sawyer was reportedly chosen for the Jenner interview because she has “always been very supportive of the LGBT community,” and was also honored by GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) in the past. Jenner will also briefly discuss being transgender and his upcoming sex change on season 10 of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Jenner’s ex-wife, Chrystie Scott, recently revealed Jenner has been cross-dressing for years. Chrystie and Bruce were married from 1972 to 1980 and have remained on good terms. For now, Jenner is thrilled about his sex change transition and this new phase of his life. “Bruce is tired of living a lie and wants to finally be himself,” said an insider.