Caitlyn Jenner Settles Lawsuit From Family Injured In 2015 Car Crash

Two months before former Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner announced that he was a transgendered woman, he was involved in a car accident in which one person was killed and others were injured. Now, three years later, Caitlyn Jenner has reached a settlement agreement with some of the injured parties.

Jenner was driving her Black Escalade on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu while hauling an off-road vehicle. She rear-ended the car in front of her, driven by 69-year-old actress and animal right's activist Kim Howe.

Howe's car was propelled into oncoming traffic and collided head-first with a black Hummer. The Wolf-Millesi family were passengers in the Hummer.

Howe died at the scene of the accident from her injuries.

Jenner has agreed to pay $100,000 each to Peter and Lea Wolf-Millesi.

Peter, a pianist and composer, suffered from nerve damage in his hands and wrists. Lea, his wife, a model and lyricist, suffered from injuries sustained in her legs, neck and back.

Each of the couple's sons will also receive $50,000 in compensation.

Elga Maurer, the 74-year-old grandmother who was sitting in the back of the Hummer, will receive $500,000 in compensation. She sustained a fracture to her spine in her neck.

In total, Jenner will be paying the family members in the Hummer $800,000. The family has recounted the horrible memory in which Howe's car plowed toward them.

"All of a sudden a car comes into our lane from oncoming traffic and rushes onto our hood. We were shocked and terrified we were all going to die," said Peter.

Jenner was unharmed and didn't face charges for the crash. Prosecutors said there was no evidence that her conduct was unreasonable.

She had been driving slightly under the speed limit, 'minimally slower than the victim', reports from an investigation said. She hit the break 1.9 to 1.5 seconds before hitting Howe's car.

At the scene of the accident, there were no signs of her being impaired, and there is no evidence of distractions during the accident.

"Based on facts, cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect’s conduct was unreasonable," said a document from the prosecutor.

A bus that happened to be passing at the time in the crash, going the opposite direction of Jenner, captured the scene on its security camera. The video, a series of still shots, shows Jenner’s car slamming into Howe’s car, Howe’s car hitting the Hummer head-on and Jenner’s car lightly rear-ending another vehicle on the road.

The video was used in an investigation in order to piece together the puzzle of what happened in the accident.

Howe's family disagreed with the investigator and prosecutors and filed a civil suit.

“The DA’s decision not to pursue criminal charges places even more importance on our clients’ lawsuit. It is abundantly clear is that Ms. Jenner’s inattentive driving caused this rear-end collision that resulted in Ms. Howe’s death,” said their attorney.

“Now, ultimately a jury trial in this civil case is the only way to hold Ms. Jenner accountable for causing Kim Howe’s death. We are going to continue our efforts to ensure that justice is served.”

Jenner agreed to a settlement with Howe's stepchildren in January of 2016, and she paid them an undisclosed amount.

Source: Dailymail
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