Not everyone is supportive of Caitlyn Jenner's 2015 ESPYS award. While Jenner's impassioned acceptance speech for her Arthur Ashe Courage Award was well received by most, the Prius driver who was involved in Jenner's recent fatal car crash is not impressed.
Speaking out in a statement to ET, talent manager Jessica Steindorff, who attended Wednesday, July 15's awards ceremony as a guest, slammed the continual positive attention the former Olympian is receiving, urging the reality TV star to take responsibility for the crash and "do the right thing."
The vehicle accident happened in February of this year. Jenner was one of the drivers involved in the multi-car pileup on Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway, that tragically resulted in fellow driver Kim Howe's death.
Steindorff, whose car was also involved, told the outlet that the positive focus on Jenner's transition from male to female, and lack of attention on the car accident is something she can't come to terms with.
"I find it difficult to understand how the culture we live in can honor a person who is responsible for taking a life and injuring several others with both an award and a reality show," Steindorff said. "For an individual who is such a positive role model in many aspects of her life, Caitlyn has failed to do the right thing and take responsibility for her actions."
"I would hope that someone who seems to greatly value the importance of human existence would be more sensitive to the fact that she ended another person’s life," she added. "Sadly we are living in a tabloid society."
Jenner, who had yet to come out as Caitlyn at the time of the incident, did send condolences to Howe's family members following the accident, and has been cooperating with authorities in the ongoing investigation of the incident.
"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 at the time. "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."
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