In the 1970’s the name “Jenner” was synonymous with an Olympic champion. Today, the name is associated with the Kardashians and more recently with Bruce Jenner’s transition from male to female. But there is another story about Caitlyn Jenner that is making headlines, and it has nothing to do with her gender. Jenner was involved in an accident in February 2015 that left one woman dead, and the deceased woman’s heirs are now looking for someone to hold accountable. Charges against Jenner were filed, but it was recently decided that the former Olympian will not face felony charges. Despite the lack of felony charges, Jenner must still deal with the civil suit filed against her by the heirs for the wrongful death of their family member.
The NY Daily News reported on the case, and had the following details about the rationale behind the decision not to file felony charges against Jenner:
- An investigation revealed that there was no evidence that Jenner was engaged in any distracted driving behaviors, such as texting or being on any other electronic device while driving.
- The investigation into the case also showed a lack of evidence that Jenner was under the influence of alcohol or other substances which would have impaired her ability to drive at the time of the accident.
- According to the report, absent any evidence of behavior rising to the level of a felony, the appropriate charge is a misdemeanor for vehicular manslaughter.
The victim’s stepchildren have claimed otherwise, and allege Jenner was driving recklessly and/or otherwise negligent. This case is a god example of the type of evidence needed to bring an action for wrongful death against a driver when a loved one dies in an accident. The facts are often conflicting, and only a thorough investigation will reveal what truly happened. Our team of personal injury professionals has experience conducting these investigations, and takes special care to flush out the facts that are most beneficial to your position. Call our office today to learn more, and to schedule an appointment to discuss the specific details of your case.
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