The victim of Saturday's fatal, multi-vehicle accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, which also involved Bruce Jenner, was driving with a suspended license, sources said Tuesday. California Department of Motor Vehicle records reportedly show that Kim Howe’s license had expired in 2007.
A video, showing the aftermath of the fatal car crash, surfaced Tuesday and could become an important piece of evidence for officers investigating the case, TMZ reported. The video reportedly shows several people witnessing the crash. Authorities have also urged witnesses to come forward and help investigators determine the cause of the incident.
The video also reportedly showed Jenner not being chased by paparazzi, a claim that was reportedly made by his family, TMZ reported. Jenner reportedly told police that he had lost control of his vehicle and rammed Howe’s car.
Sources also reportedly said that Jenner most likely was not responsible for the crash, and instead, may have helped tried to prevent the accident based on skid marks on the road. He veered right but was unable to avoid striking a white Lexus, which went on to hit vehicles traveling in the opposite direction, including a Hummer, sources said.
"If the light ahead was red and traffic backed up, then it's hard to believe the Hummer would have come at a substantial speed, as it did," Sgt. Philip Brooks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office told Fox News.
Police sources told TMZ that the 2010 Toyota Prius that forced the other vehicles to brake suddenly, and the Lexus to crash into it, could have triggered the incident. Jessica Marie Steindorff, who was driving the Prius, might have been making an illegal U-turn following which the vehicle ended up in a deadly pileup that killed Howe and injured over six people.
“The story that she was making an illegal u-turn is 100 percent false. She was meeting with a client in Zuma. She has the text messages that prove it,” Roger Simon, Steindorff’s attorney, told The News.
Jenner, the 65-year-old Olympian, reportedly cleared a Breathalyzer test conducted by police, and his mobile records are currently being checked by authorities to determine if he was texting when he rear-ended Howe's car.
"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 said, in a statement on Monday. "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.”