Bruce Jenner Denies Texting Caused Fatal Accident
Bruce Jenner, former Olympic athlete and the focus of a recent controversy regarding sex reassignment surgery, has been involved in a fatal accident in Malibu, according to reports. Photos taken by paparazzi at the moment of impact suggest that Jenner may have been looking at his cell phone when the crash occurred, but he has denied these allegations, claiming that he was smoking and not texting at the time.
Jenner initially blamed the paparazzi for the crash, stating that they were “chasing” him. However, a subsequent investigation into the circumstances cleared photographers and reporters of culpability in the accident. Jenner has agreed to turn over all cell phone records and voluntarily permitted a blood test for alcohol and drugs.
The crash occurred when a Prius slowed for a red light on the Pacific Coast Highway and was rear-ended by a white Lexus. Jenner then rear-ended the Lexus, pushing it forward into oncoming traffic where it was struck by a Hummer H2. The female driver of the Lexus was killed in the crash and the occupants of the Hummer were injured.
Criminal Liability In Car Crashes
In most car crash cases, civil penalties rather than criminal charges apply. While a driver may receive a citation for speeding or ignoring a stop sign, the criminal aspect of the case is usually negligible. However, when a serious crash occurs, injuring or killing a driver or passenger, the police may decide to press much more serious criminal charges against the at-fault driver if it is determined that the driver was breaking the law by speeding, texting, drinking and driving or in some other way.
If the investigation into this case shows that Jenner was indeed texting at the time of the crash, it is possible that he could face manslaughter charges. However, the decision to pursue those charges would be at the discretion of the prosecutor in the case.
If you have been charged with a crime in connection with a car accident, you may be facing both criminal and civil court battles. Contact the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento to represent you in your criminal case. We have years of experience in helping those who are accused of a wide range of crimes and can help you map out the best strategy to protect your interests and your rights. Contact us today for a consultation.