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2 parties sue Caitlyn Jenner after fatal highway crash

Two separate lawsuits have been filed against Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympian Bruce Jenner. The legal actions concern a deadly accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in California near Malibu. The stepdaughters of the deceased female victim of the accident have prepared a wrongful death lawsuit and cited Jenner as the defendant. Another woman, who survived the wreck, has also named Jenner in a personal injury lawsuit.

While towing a dune buggy in her Cadillac Escalade, Jenner rear-ended a Lexus operated by a 69-year-old woman. The Lexus had already hit a Toyota Prius in front of her that had reportedly stopped or slowed down. The Prius driver is the plaintiff in the second lawsuit. When Jenner's Escalade hit the Lexus, the impact forced the sedan into oncoming traffic where it was hit by a Hummer. That collision killed the Lexus driver.

Authorities investigating the crash have chosen not to issue any charges. Potentially, Jenner could have faced a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge. Prosecutors at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office decided that the evidence could not support a criminal accusation. According to investigators, Jenner was driving too fast for conditions but below the posted speed limit.

Criminal charges are not necessary for a civil lawsuit to go forward. Criminal convictions require evidence of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. However, plaintiffs filing a wrongful death lawsuit following the death of a loved one need only demonstrate that a preponderance of evidence shows that the defendant was negligent. An attorney who has experience with these types of matters can be of assistance in this regard.

Source: Pasadena Patch, "No Charges For Caitlyn Jenner in Fatal Crash", Mirna Alfonso, Sept. 30, 2015

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