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No charges filed in Caitlyn Jenner accident

Pennsylvania residents likely heard that Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a motor vehicle accident in February 2015. On Sept. 30, prosecutors in California decided not to charge Jenner with vehicular manslaughter.

The initial investigation into the crash by the sheriff's office in Los Angeles concluded that Jenner was driving at a speed that did not accommodate the roadway and weather conditions. Prosecutors considered allegations that Jenner was driving too fast for a wet road. Other salient points were also considered, including that Jenner was not using a cellphone when the accident occurred nor driving recklessly and remained at the scene of the crash.

According to reports, Jenner was driving an SUV hauling a trailer. Jenner's vehicle struck a Lexus in front and pushed the Lexus into a southbound lane. The Lexus was hit by a Humvee coming from the opposite direction. The 69-year-old driver of the Lexus died in the crash. The woman's stepchildren subsequently filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit against Jenner based upon negligence.

According to the prosecutor's office, Jenner was driving at a speed below the speed limit and slightly below the speed of the Lexus. Prosecutors ultimately determined that there was ot enough evidence of wrongdoing to file criminal charges.

Even if no criminal charges are filed after a particular fatal car accident, the surviving family members may still want to discuss with a personal injury attorney the feasibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit if evidence shows negligence on the part of another driver. This is because the burden of proof is lower in a civil action than it is in a criminal trial.

Source: NBC News, "Caitlyn Jenner Won't Be Charged in Fatal February Car Accident", Andrew Blankstein, Oct. 1, 2015

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