June 15, 2015

Suit alleges negligence in February crash involving reality TV star

Caitlyn Jenner is being sued over a fatal car wreck in Malibu, CaliforniaA Hollywood talent manager is suing reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner over a fatal car wreck allegedly caused by the former Olympic gold medal winner. In her lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jessica Marie Steindorff alleges that “Bruce Jenner a/k/a Caitlyn Jenner” acted “negligently, carelessly, recklessly and wantonly” when she was part of a four car pile up.  Steindorff’s suit claims lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and seeks at least $25,000 in damages.  The Cochran Firm, D.C. does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident.

The accident occurred on February 7, 2015, in Malibu, California along the California Pacific Coast Highway.  Steindorff’s Toyota Prius was sitting stopped in traffic when it was rear-ended by a Lexus then rear-ended again when Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade struck the Lexus.

Jenner’s collision with the Lexus caused a chain reaction which sent the Lexus into oncoming traffic.  The driver of the Lexus, Kim Howe, was killed when her vehicle was struck head on by a Hummer H2.  Howe’s adult stepchildren filed their own wrongful death lawsuit against Jenner in May.  Jenner’s attorney responded with a motion to dismiss the suit, claiming the adult stepchildren are financially independent and therefore not entitled to any damages.

Jenner was not seriously harmed in the accident.  Alcohol is not believed to have played a role in the crash. Jenner voluntarily submitted to a field sobriety test at the scene of the accident and was released.

Jenner rose to fame in 1976 after a record-breaking Olympic gold-medal victory in the decathlon in the Summer Games in Montreal.  Jenner is also known for her role in the reality TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”  In April, Jenner revealed to Vanity Fair she is transgender. Jenner was also honored at ESPN’s ESPY awards this month.