Caitlyn Jenner Could Be Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter

If convicted, the former Olympian faces up to a year in county jail.

08/20/2015 02:36 pm ET | Updated Aug 21, 2015

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has completed its investigation into the car crash Caitlyn Jenner was involved in this past February that left one woman dead. 

According to the LA Times, investigators will submit evidence to the district attorney that could lead to  misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges against Jenner. While it was previously reported that investigators would be recommending vehicular manslaughter charges, L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told the Associated Press, they do not make recommendations. 

According to the report, Jenner was not speeding, but she was still traveling at an unsafe speed for road conditions when her Escalade rear-ended two cars, pushing Kim Howe’s car into oncoming traffic, causing the fatal crash. 

TMZ had previously reported that Jenner was unlikely to face felony charges, however,  if convicted on the misdemeanor charge, she faces up to a year in county jail. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, detectives will also present evidence against Jessica Steindorff, the driver of the Toyota Prius involved in the crash who has filed a lawsuit against Jenner. Detective Richard Curry told the paper Steindorff was driving on a suspended license and could be charged with a crime. 

Meanwhile, Jenner is also being sued by Howe's stepchildren, William Howe and Dana Redmond, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming the former Olympian was driving at unsafe speeds. They also alleged she was negligent when she rear-ended the car, causing their mother's death. 


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Correction: A previous version of this post claimed that investigators made official recommendations on charges. That is not the case. 

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