MALIBU, California (AP) — Olympic gold medalist and Kardashian family patriarch Bruce Jenner was behind the wheel of an SUV involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Malibu that killed a woman and injured seven others, authorities said.
The moment of impact was captured by celebrity photographers who quickly posted the images on the Internet on Saturday. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said there was no indication Jenner was being chased by paparazzi at the time of the crash on the Pacific Coast Highway.
“Being a celebrity, he is often followed by paparazzi. He was aware of that, and it doesn’t appear he took any evasive action to avoid the paparazzi,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks said.
Brooks said Jenner cooperated with investigators, passed a field sobriety test and voluntarily submitted a blood sample to determine whether he was intoxicated, Brooks said.
“He did not appear intoxicated or under the influence of anything at the time,” the sergeant said.
Jenner’s publicist, Alan Nierob, said Jenner wasn’t hurt, but he offered no additional details.
Jenner was going north when his black Cadillac Escalade rear-ended a Lexus sedan that had just struck the back of a black Toyota Prius, Brooks said. The Lexus veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a black Hummer.
The driver of the Lexus — a woman in her 70s — was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators were trying to determine who or what triggered the crash. They plan to look at the cellphone records of all four drivers and check for any video evidence, sheriff’s Cmdr. Michael Parker said.
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