MALIBU—Kim Howe, 69, of Calabasas has been identified as the slain victim in a crash that involved Olympian and TV personality, Bruce Jenner, on February 7 in Malibu.
According to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department statement, Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade, which was hauling a dune buggy, rear-ended Howe’s white Lexus sedan. After initially hitting a black Toyota Prius, Howe’s vehicle then swerved into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into an approaching Hummer SUV. Four cars were involved and six people injured (five of whom were children) in the collision, which occurred on the PCH, just east of Corral Canyon Road, in front of the Latigo Beach campground.
Howe’s license had been reportedly expired since 2007. Jenner, who had made headlines recently due to his public transition from male to female was unhurt in the accident.
“My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loves [sic] ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident,” he said in a statement released by his publicist, Alan Nierob.
Officials say that Jenner has been, and is continuing to cooperate with their investigation. He voluntarily took a field sobriety test, which he passed, offered to give a blood sample, and permitted access to his phone records to determine if texting played a role in the accident—an activity that could lead to a vehicular manslaughter charge, according to California law.
“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,” said Jenner.
Detectives from Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station are still seeking the public’s assistance in locating additional witnesses or anyone with information in regards to the fatal collision. Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding the collision is encouraged to contact Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at (818) 878-1808 or Detective Curry at (818) 878-5557.