You can change your face, you can change your name, you can get Siri to vouch for you, but there’s one force you can’t escape from, and that’s the law. Caitlyn Jenner is finding that out the hard way as Los Angeles prosecutors have decided to ask the district attorney to consider bringing her up on manslaughter charges due to a fatal car wreck in February. Misdemeanor manslaughter, but still manslaughter. Caitlyn Jenner could be facing a year in jail, fines, and driving restrictions for her role in a multi-car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway. Jenner is also facing lawsuits from the other victims of the crash, Jessica Steindorff and the family of 69-year-old Kim Howe, who was killed in the crash.
Jenner, back when she was Bruce, was traveling at what police call an unsafe speed on the highway, when Steindorff rear-ended Howe’s car and started the chain-reaction crash. Jenner ran into Howe, and Howe’s car drifted into another lane where it was then hit by a Hummer. Steindorff also faces charges, due to driving with a suspended license, but her charges won’t be as severe as those faced by Jenner.
“Basically, anyone can get into this situation behind the wheel like Ms. Jenner. There is no drugs or alcohol involved. This is just unsafe driving,” said attorney Dmitry Gorin, a former L.A. County prosecutor. “Misdemeanor manslaughter happens to people every day. I remember a law professor getting charged. … If you commit a road infraction that results in a death, that becomes a traffic misdemeanor manslaughter.”
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