A new video of the fatal car crash which resulted in the death of a Kardashian family neighbor reportedly shows that Bruce Jenner may be at fault, an official told the Associated Press on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
The Los Angeles Police Department released a statement to Us Weekly on Wednesday, addressing the report. “Whatever is being reported right now is not part of our investigation,” the LAPD noted. “We are still looking at the videos of the crash to determine what happened. We have not deemed who is at fault yet, the investigation is still very much open.”
According to the police source, Jenner was driving his Cadillac Escalade and hauling an ATV on a trailer on Saturday, Feb. 7, when he tried to avoid cars in front of him on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif. The former Olympian, in an attempt to steer away from cars slowing down in front of him, rear-ended two cars — one of which he pushed into traffic, the police personnel told the AP.
The driver of that Lexus, Kim Howe, was killed after her vehicle was hit by a Hummer. The original story from the four-car pileup was that Howe, 69, collided with a Toyota Prius that had slowed down. Jenner then rear-ended Howe’s Lexus, propelling the car into traffic.
After the accident, which left five people injured, Jenner took multiple sobriety tests, including one on-site breathalyzer, as well as a blood test at a local hospital. It was speculated that he was texting at the time of the crash, which prompted the father of 10 to offer up his phone records to authorities.
“The evidence will show that Bruce was not texting at the time of the accident,” his rep Alan Nierob told the AP last Sunday, Feb. 8.
Following the crash, the former triathlete offered up his condolences in a statement released to Us Weekly. “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.”
According to the AP, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash, and considering the possibility of issuing a citation. The official — who was briefed on the video and only able to speak to the AP on condition of anonymity — said this investigation could lead to criminal charges.
A source close to the Kardashians told Us Weekly that Jenner — currently undergoing a gender transition — is “devastated” about the incident. “The accident happened right in front of his eyes and he stayed there the entire time watching everything. The woman who passed away was not in good shape and Bruce saw her body being taken out of the car,” the insider told Us. “He knows he wasn’t responsible but he still feels terrible.”
His daughters Kylie and Kendall Jenner, as well as their half-sisters Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian have all been in touch with Jenner as he faces these tough circumstances. “All the girls checked in with Bruce after the accident,” the source told Us. “They really are trying to be there for him as much as they can right now.”
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