Multi-Car Crash Leads to Death of 69 Year Old Woman
On Saturday, February 7th, famed Olympian and reality television star Bruce Jenner was involved in a four-vehicle accident that claimed the life of 69 year-old Kim Howe. Howe, a resident of the Calabasas area, was killed when her car was pushed into oncoming traffic.
Jenner is believed to have rear-ended Ms. Howe, causing her Toyota Prius to enter an intersection where she was struck by a man in a black Hummer as he proceeded legally through intersection. A fourth car, a black Lexus, is believed to have been involved in a chain reaction rear-end collision between Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade and Howe’s Prius.
Alcohol, Speed and Texting Not Believed to Be Factors
According to law enforcement, Jenner was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, was not speeding at the time of the accident and was likely not distracted by cell phone use in the seconds before the accident. Police officials do note that Jenner may have been following Howe too closely at the time of the accident.
At this time, Jenner is not facing criminal charges, and law enforcement officials are unsure if charges are yet to come.
Civil Action is Likely
While Jenner may not face criminal charges for his actions behind the wheel, he is likely to be the target of civil action from Ms. Howe’s family and the other crash. If Jenner is proven to be at fault for the accident, he may be liable for any losses sustained by the victims and their family members.
Jenner may not hold 100 percent responsibility for the accident, however, as it is unclear what role the driver of the black Lexus played in the crash. Law enforcement officials did reveal that Jenner’s on-board vehicle sensors indicate the he was traveling at 38 MPH at the time of the crash, and had braked from the 47 MPH he was traveling seconds before the incident. This data may indicate that he simply did not see the vehicle in front of him stopping in time.
If Jenner is found to be responsible for the accident, he may be held liable for all losses sustained by the victims, including:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Ongoing treatment expenses
- Loss of a loved one
- And more…
As more details about the crash are uncovered, the question of liability should become clearer. In any event, the crash is an unfortunate and tragic event, and it is important to remember that the accident led to the loss of a woman whose family is feeling the impact today.
Auto accident claims can be complex, with many factors affecting the case, including road conditions, driving records and injuries suffered. Our experienced Baltimore auto accident attorneys provide aggressive legal representation so victims get the compensation they deserve. If you have been involved in an accident, contact the Baltimore auto accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC toll free at (800) 918-8872 or online. We offer free consultations and are available 24-hours a day.