Was Bruce Jenner Texting at Time of Fatal, Chain-Reaction Car Crash?
Jenner passed a voluntary field sobriety test following the accident, but may have been spotted texting at the time of the collision. Furthermore, CNN reports there is no evidence that he was being chased by paparazzi.
The multiple rear-end pile up was captured in photos taken by paparazzi, including the moments in which Jenner’s car rear-ended the white Lexus in front of him (by chain-reaction), fatally spinning the woman’s car into oncoming traffic, and colliding head-on with a black Hummer H2.
Update — Feb. 8, 13:30 p.m. ET:
TMZ reports that new pictures of Jenner holding a cigarette have surfaced. Originally, it wasn’t known what, if anything, Jenner was holding (and some speculated it was a cell phone).
Investigators are trying to determine the circumstances of the horrible crash, and will be looking into the cell phone records of all four drivers to see if they were texting around the time of the collision.
TMZ reports that authorities will be getting a search warrant for Jenner’s cell records and cell phone itself. There are photos of Jenner possibly holding something in his hand while he’s in his car just before it made impact with the Lexus in front of him.
TMZ also notes, “It’s illegal to text while driving in California and if Bruce was texting Saturday when he struck a car on PCH in Malibu, authorities could charge him with vehicular manslaughter.”
The twisty and narrow road on which the crash took place is a tricky part of the highway.
The first car involved was a black Toyota Prius, KCLA reported. TMZ writes that cops find the Prius driver’s story “vague”: “The Prius driver says she was stopped at a red light, but she was about 300 feet from the light itself. Cops don’t know if there was a long line of cars in front of her or if she stopped before the light to make an illegal U-turn.”
Behind that was a white Lexus sedan. Jenner’s car was the third car involved, and skid marks reveal that Jenner tried to stop before rear-ending the Lexus by chain-reaction.
Jenner was driving his black Cadillac Escalade which was towing a dune buggy when he crashed into a white Lexus, driven by the 69-year-old victim, believed to be named Kim Howe. Howe also happened to also be a neighbor of the Kardashians, living in the same gated community as Khloe, Kourtney and Rob.
The Lexus was smashed in at the front as well as the back.
Authorities say there’s no evidence of paparazzi chasing Jenner, as was previously believed.
“As of right now, there is no indication that Bruce Jenner was being chased by paparazzi at the time of the crash,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Lecrivain said.
“There was a possibility that paparazzi was following him at the time of the crash, but that is a very regular occurrence, and (there is) no indication at this time it was a contributing factor of the crash.”
The department has now opened a vehicular manslaughter investigation in which everyone (not just one person) will be investigated.
Five children and two adults were hospitalized with injuries.
CNN notes, strangely, that “a car later drove through safety barriers around the scene and struck two of the cars from the initial accident, Cmdr. Mike Parker of the sheriff’s department tweeted. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Parker wrote.”
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