Caitlyn Jenner may face manslaughter charges. The former Olympian will have to wait for Los Angeles County prosecutors to decide what charges will be brought against her.
The “I Am Cait” star was involved in a multi-vehicle accident in February when her Cadillac Escalade rear-ended another car, pushing a Lexus into oncoming traffic. The driver of the Lexus, Kim Howe, died in the accident. After a six-month investigation, the case was presented to prosecutors on Tuesday, and they will soon decide if Jenner should face a misdemeanor manslaughter charge, the Los Angeles Times reports. A specific date for their final decision was not given.
Jenner, 65, was reportedly driving at an unsafe speed for the road conditions when she hit Howe, 69. However, because no drugs or alcohol were involved, an expert told the L.A. Times that it was unlikely that Jenner would serve jail time (though misdemeanor manslaughter can lead to a one-year sentence in jail).
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is not recommending manslaughter charges, TMZ reports. They’ll leave that decision up to the prosecutors, and it isn’t clear what they will choose. “There's a fifty-fifty chance charges will be filed,” according to TMZ’s law enforcement sources.
Jenner released a statement in February, when she was known as Bruce Jenner, expressing her concern for those involved in the accident. “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, via publicist Alan Nierob. “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.”
In addition to the potential manslaughter charges that Jenner could face, she is also being sued by Howe’s stepchildren for wrongful death, People reports. In addition, Jessica Steindorff, another driver involved in the accident, is suing Jenner and seeking punitive and compensatory damages.