Bruce Jenner walked away from a four-car accident on Saturday, Feb. 7, but a fellow driver lost her life. The Olympic champion expressed his “deepest sympathy” via a statement to Us Weekly on Sunday, Feb. 8.
“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. “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.”
The Kardashian-Jenner patriarch reportedly caused the accident after rear-ending a driver while on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif. The female driving the vehicle then went into traffic and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following the three-car collision, the 65-year-old — currently in the midst of a talked-about gender transition — was photographed speaking with officers. Dressed casually, Jenner appeared to have no injuries and kept his long locks in a ponytail underneath a baseball cap. According to TMZ, Jenner volunteered to have his blood drawn at the hospital for alcohol testing following the crash.
“At approximately 12:15pm [PST] there was an accident involving three vehicles on PCH, just east of Corral Canyon,” the Malibu Lost Hills sheriff’s station told Us following the news. “Bruce Jenner was involved. We don’t know yet in what way he was involved, if he was a passenger or driver. There is one fatality.”
Jenner’s publicist Alan Nierob maintained in a statement to the Associated Press that the reality star was not texting when the accident occurred and will continue to cooperate.
“The evidence will show that Bruce was not texting at the time of the accident,” Nierob told the AP, adding that Jenner is making his cell phone records available to authorities.