The Los Angeles County district attorney has decided whether or not Caitlyn Jenner will face charges after she was involved in a fatal accident that left one woman dead, and the results may surprise you.
The DA declined to press charges against Jenner in connection with the fatal crash on the Pacific Coast Highway, stating that she was not speeding and did not act unreasonably.
“While driving on PCH and towing a dune buggy, suspect rear-ended victim’s vehicle causing the victim’s car to veer into opposing traffic where victim’s car was hit by a second vehicle, resulting in her death,” reads court paperwork of the DA’s decision.
“Suspect was traveling at a speed slightly below the posted speed limit and minimally slower than the victim. At 4.2 seconds before impact, victim engaged her brakes and started to slow. Suspect disengaged gas pedal and his car started to slow. Suspect engaged brakes within 1.9 to 1.5 seconds before impact.”
“Crime requires violation of misdemeanor or infraction,” the statement explains. “Only possible violation is VC22350, a violation of the basic speed law. Crime also requires ordinary negligence. Based on facts, cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect’s conduct was unreasonable.”
Jenner’s lawyer, Blair Berk, expressed deep satisfaction with the decision. “We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing,” he told TMZ. “We are heartened the district attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would not be appropriate.
“A traffic accident, however devastating and heartbreaking when a life is lost, is not necessarily a criminal matter,” he added.
Jenner still faces a civil suit brought against her by the victim’s estranged stepchildren, but the DA’s decision will certainly weigh heavily in her favor in that case.