The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Wednesday declined to charge Caitlyn Jenner in connection with a fatal crash that left one woman dead, saying that the office would not be able to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Jenner was at fault.
According to TMZ, which obtained a copy of the D.A.’s recommendation, the office felt that although her speed may have been unsafe for the road conditions, her conduct was not “unreasonable.” From TMZ:
While driving on PCH and towing a dune buggy, suspect rear ended victim’s vehicle causing the victim’s vehicle to veer into opposing traffic where victim’s car was hit by a second vehicle, resulting in her death. Suspect was traveling at a speed slightly below posted speed limit and minimally slower than victim. At 4.2 seconds before impact, victim engaged her brakes and started to slow. Suspect disengaged gas pedal and his car began to slow. Suspect engaged brakes within 1.9 to 1.5 seconds before impact. Crime requires violation of misdemeanor or infraction. Only possible violation is VC 22350, 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.
The explanation rejects the L.A. Sheriff’s department’s contention that Jenner should be charged with vehicular manslaughter, a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a monetary fine. But financially speaking, Jenner’s not out of the woods yet: she’s still facing multiple civil suits stemming from the accident.