Bruce Jenner Faces Wrongful Death Suit by Car Crash Victim’s Step-Children
The victim’s step-children are reportedly in the process of lawyering up, however according to TMZ, they had “virtually no relationship” whatsoever with their stepmother.
Kim Howe, 69, was driving in her Lexus on the Pacific Coast Highway that fateful day (February7, 2015), when Bruce, driving in his Cadillac Escalade behind her, rear-ended her (as a result of chain-reaction) and sent her into oncoming traffic the next lane over she collided with a Hummer.
Neither of Howe’s two grown step-children live in California, and she has no other direct blood relatives or any children. Her husband passed away in 2003, and both her parents are also deceased.
Her step-children are the only people with the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. TMZ notes that “In California, stepchildren have legal standing to sue, even if they were estranged from the stepparent.”
According to sources, the lawyers for the step-children have told them to find as many pictures of them with Ms. Howe “presumably to help establish damages in the lawsuit.”
The Daily Mail also reports that if it came to a court case and a jury, attorneys have previously said “the sky’s the limit.” And since sources say Jenner is insured only up to $250,000, he’d have to pay out of pocket (from his presumed $125 million fortune he shares with his ex-wife, Kris Jenner).
He will unlikely be prosecuted since he was neither drinking, speeding, nor texting, but wrongful death is still a possibility.
Nevertheless, the step-children have no way of inheriting Howe’s property. She reportedly has a trust with millions in assets which are to go to charity. Furthermore, her will contains $55,000 that will go to animal charities, including, PETA, Lange Foundation, PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society), Doris Day Animal League and The Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee.