Caitlyn Jenner’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Heats Up After Crash Video Footage
Caitlyn Jenner is having a pretty amazing month. First, there’s her upcoming Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards airing July 15, followed by the July 27 premiere of her E! series, I Am Cait. But it’s not all good news. Along with the release this week of footage from her deadly February car crash, the Olympian is also facing further legal trouble.
Entertainment Tonight was first to obtain the surveillance video, which demonstrates the severity of the accident. Now, the stepchildren of Kimberly Howe, the woman who was killed in the crash, are citing the footage as evidence that Caitlyn was “driving erratically” prior to the accident. They also claim they can produce an eyewitness statement.
“To date, Ms. Jenner has refused to accept responsibility for causing this collision,” the court documents state. “Plaintiffs have obtained video of the collision from [a] Metro bus which happened to be in the area at the time of the collision. Plaintiffs have also obtained a statement from a witness who described Ms. Jenner driving erratically just prior to the crash.”
The family first filed their wrongful death lawsuit in early May, suing Caitlyn (then Bruce) for “negligent, careless, and reckless driving” at the time of the accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in LA. They maintain that she rear-ended Kim’s car, causing it to veer into traffic where it collided with a Hummer in the intersection.
On her end, the Olympian has maintained through her legal team that neither stepchild was financially dependent on their stepmother, so they are not entitled to damages from her death.
The Wrap obtained a statement from Kim’s family’s attorneys this week, which reads:
“This video shows an aspect of reality that Ms. Jenner continues to deny. Our clients are moving forward with this lawsuit to give a voice to Kim Howe who was killed as a result of Ms. Jenner’s actions. Ms. Jenner has failed to appear for her noticed deposition, so we are surprised to hear that she intends to cooperate in every way possible with this investigation. We encourage Ms. Jenner to be that role model that she seeks to be. That means accepting responsibility for what she has done.”
Check back with Wetpaint as this story continues to develop.
Source: The Wrap