FORMER athlete turned reality star Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a car accident six years ago that left one person dead, although she was not found to be legally at fault.
Caitlyn, who was not injured in the crash, spoke out about the incident shortly after it happened.
Did Caitlyn Jenner accidentally kill someone?
Caitlyn – then known as Bruce – was driving a Cadillac 4×4 and towing a dune buggy when she slammed into the back of Kim Howe’s Lexus, in Malibu, California.
Kim had put her brakes on seconds before and her vehicle was shunted into the path of the Humvee 4×4.
Animal rights activist Kim, 70, from Calabasas, California, died at the scene.
In 2019, Kim’s stepdaughter Dana Howe told The Sun: “It robbed us of the chance to say goodbye to Kim.
“A friend called me and told me Kim had been in an accident. I was in total shock and was praying I could see her again.
“She and my father were together for 30 years and we didn’t always get on. But when my dad died, we got closer. She said that I saved her life, by reaching out to her.
“It meant a lot to have a friendship with her at that time. We had some good times together. I looked at her more as a role model.
“We became estranged again before the crash and we never got a chance to reconcile.”
“I have no ill-feelings towards Caitlyn – what happened was an accident. But there was that thought that I might get to meet her and that she would say: ‘It was a terrible accident, I’m really sorry for your loss’.”
What did Caitlyn Jenner say about the accident?
After the accident, Caitlyn released a statement wishing her “heartfelt and deepest sympathies” to those hurt.
“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.
“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.”
She was not charged with a crime after the Los Angeles District Attorney determined she was driving below the speed limit and engaged her breaks before impact.
Dana and brother William Howe launched a wrongful-death lawsuit, saying Caitlyn had been “negligent.”
Caitlyn’s legal team called the accident that resulted in Kim’ss death “a terrible tragedy,” but deny the reality star should have been financially responsible to the Howe’s stepchildren and ask that the case be dismissed.
They later came to an undisclosed settlement with the star.
What did Caitlyn Jenner say about running for governor of California?
Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly in talks with political consultants about running for governor of California.
It comes as current California Governor Gavin Newsom faces a possible recall election, launched by Republicans furious about his immigration and tax policies.
Axios reports Republican supporting Jenner is being helped by GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren who previously worked at Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee for former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign.
Jenner reportedly met Wren via her work with the American Unity Fund which is a Republican nonprofit group focused on LGBT+ issues.
The 71-year-old previously considered running for Senate in California, saying in 2017 she was weighing whether she might accomplish more by “working the perimeter of the political scene” or “from the inside,” reports USA Today.
But Jenner’s manager in February shot down speculation she could run for governor, saying she has “never considered” it.