Sunday 17 December 2017

Bruce Jenner extends 'deepest sympathies' to victims of fatal car crash

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

Bruce Jenner has offered his "heartfelt and deepest sympathies" to the family of the woman who died in the car crash he was involved in over the weekend.

The former Olympic athlete was driving on Saturday when he struck another car, causing a fatal four-car collision on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

A 69-year-old woman, believed to be Kim Howe, was killed in the road accident with others, including children, left injured.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies investigate the scene of a collision involving three vehicles in Malibu, as officials said former Olympian Bruce Jenner was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the Pacific Coast Highway crash that killed one person (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies investigate the scene of a collision involving three vehicles in Malibu, as officials said former Olympian Bruce Jenner was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the Pacific Coast Highway crash that killed one person (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A Los Angeles County coroner worker loads a victim into a van at the scene of a four-car crash involving Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner in Malibu, California
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies investigate the scene of a car crash where one person was killed and at least seven others were injured
Bruce Jenner arrives at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas in this April 5, 2009 photo. Jenner was involved in a highway crash in Southern California on Saturday that left another person dead, according to police (REUTERS/Steve Marcus)

"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," Bruce said in a statement to Access Hollywood.

"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."

Bruce was left uninjured, but was pictured looking shaken in the wake of the smash.

Following the incident, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Bruce and the two additional surviving drivers were cooperating with authorities.

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Bruce, dad to reality TV stars Kendall and Kylie and stepfather to Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian, completed a DUI exam and also gave blood to further be tested for alcohol.

A damaged vehicle (L) is pictured at the scene of a four-car crash involving Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner in Malibu
A damaged vehicle (L) is pictured at the scene of a four-car crash involving Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner in Malibu

There have also been reports that police looked into Bruce's phone, amid rumours he was texting while driving.

TMZ now report police think it may be the driver of a Prius involved in the crash that caused the accident, when it stopped suddenly. The driver claimed she came to a halt at a red light, but Sheriff's deputies are said to be suspicious of the story.

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