Former Olympic great Bruce Jenner was driving one of four vehicles involved in a fatal collision on the Pacific Coast Highway on Feb. 7. He was unhurt, passed a field sobriety test and voluntarily submitted a blood sample for toxicology testing.
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Jenner was driving his black Cadillac Escalade north on the PCH when he struck the back of a Lexus sedan that had just rear-ended a Toyota Prius. The Lexus then crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a southbound Hummer. The driver of the Lexus, a 69-year-old woman from Calabasas, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Investigators said they will likely examine cell phone records to determine if any of the involved drivers were texting at the time of the crash. Members of the paparazzi were following Jenner and photographed the scene, but there is no indication they contributed to the accident.
Jenner, age 65, won a gold medal in the men's decathlon at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. He has appeared for the past eight years on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." He recently divorced Kris Jenner after 23 years of marriage.
Fatal car accidents are thoroughly investigated by authorities to determine who or what was responsible for the crash. In cases similar to this one, a driver is often found to have been distracted when the accident occurred. When the actions of a negligent driver cause the injury or death of another person, the at-fault driver could be found civilly liable in court. Anyone who has been injured in such an accident may wish to consult with an attorney. It may be possible for victims or their families to obtain financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering and other damages.
Source: ABC News, "Bruce Jenner Involved in Fatal Car Crash, Passes Sobriety Test," Emily Shapiro, Feb. 7, 2015