A couple of months ago, TMZ said that it didn’t look like Caitlyn Jenner will learn how to make prison lipstick out of ketchup and generic Vaseline during a future episode of I Am Cait, because it wasn’t likely that she would face any charges for her part in the car crash on PCH in Malibu that led to a woman’s death. But today, The Los Angeles Times reports that there’s a 50/50 chance she will end up getting charged with misdemeanor manslaughter. There’s a joke in there about how the term “manslaughter” is sexist, but I got a Sourdough Jack that needs eating.
The L.A. Sheriff’s Department is recommending that Caitlyn face charges, because she was driving at an “unsafe speed” at the time of the crash. She wasn’t driving over the speed limit, but investigators believe that she was driving too fast for the road conditions that day. Their recommendation will be passed to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office next week and prosectors will decide to charge Caitlyn or not.
Jessica Steindorff, the driver of the Toyota Prius, could also be charged, because she was driving on a suspended license at the time.
After going through all the evidence, investigators say that a Lexus rear-ended the Prius after the Prius either slowed down or completely stopped. Caitlyn Jenner’s Escalade rear-ended the Lexus, sending it into oncoming traffic where it was hit head-on by a Hummer. Kim Howe, the driver of the Lexus, died at the scene. Nobody was drunk and nobody was using a cell phone at the time of the crash.
Both Jessica Steindorff and Kim Howe’s stepchildren are suing Caitlyn.
Det. Richard Curry of the Sheriff’s Dept. tells Variety that because there’s nothing “egregious” in the case, there’s a 50/50 chance Caitlyn will be charged with anything. If she is charged and convicted, she could get up to a year in the clink and have to pay a fine.
Caitlyn’s attorney wouldn’t say anything about this and wouldn’t say if they plan to be slick by using the “Cailtyn Jenner was nowhere near the car crash that Bruce Jenner was a part of” defense. But they don’t have to! Caitlyn Jenner is rich and a celebrity. The only thing she has to do is show the judge her checking account statement and prove that she has her own tag on TMZ with at least 10 posts under it. Once she does that, the only thing the judge will say is, “Sorry to waste your precious time, can I validate your parking?”