Six months after Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a fatal car crash that left one person dead, the L.A. Sheriff’s department is recommending she be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Investigators say that although Jenner was driving under the posted speed limit, she was going too fast for for the road conditions at the time.
“Jenner’s case is going to go to the district attorney next week to see if it is worthy of a misdemeanor violation for involuntary manslaughter,” said Detective Richard Curry of the L.A. County Sheriff’s office.
The “I Am Cait” star was involved in a multi-car collision on Feb. 7 in Malibu when her Escalade rear-ended 69-year-old Kimberly Howe’s Lexus. Howe’s car was sent into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by another SUV. She died at the scene.
The recommended charge is only a misdemeanor, which means Jenner could face up to a year in prison. But because police determined there was “nothing egregious” about her conduct that day (she passed a sobriety test at the scene), there’s only a “50/50” chance she’ll be charged, Curry told Variety.
Jenner is also facing two civil suits stemming from the accident, including one filed by two of Howe’s stepchildren that claims Jenner’s actions were negligent.
Jenner released a statement a day after the accident, saying, “My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident. It is a devastating tragedy, and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible.”