A family who says they have suffered serious injuries in a fatal traffic collision involving Caitlyn Jenner earlier this year sued Jenner on Friday.
The Malibu family sued Jenner in Los Angeles Superior Court for negligence in the February crash, which killed one woman after Jenner rear-ended her car and pushed it into oncoming traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway.
The woman died when a sport utility vehicle driven by a Malibu man struck her car head-on. The lawsuit states the four members of the Malibu man’s family and another occupant of their vehicle sustained serious injuries in the crash.
The Malibu man suffered serious wrist injuries and his 1-month-old son was unresponsive after the accident, according to the lawsuit. The man’s wife also sustained blunt-force injuries and requires ongoing treatment, the suit states.
Sheriff’s investigators determined that Jenner was traveling at an unsafe speed for the traffic conditions.
Prosecutors declined to file a vehicular manslaughter charge against the 66-year-old Jenner, who was born as Bruce Jenner. The accident took place before Jenner announced that she is transgender and transitioned into her new identity as Caitlyn.
After the accident, Jenner released a statement expressing sympathy to those involved in the accident.
“It is a devastating tragedy,” the statement read. “I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them.”
Jenner is also facing separate lawsuits by the deceased woman’s family and the driver of another car involved in the collision.
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