Caitlyn Jenner may have received an award for courage, but the family of Kim Howe are calling her a coward for the fatal car accident she caused in February — and say that she has avoided questioning about the collision.
The former Olympic athlete and reality star from Keeping Up with the Kardashians was involved in a four-car accident on February 7.
Jenner, who at the time was known as “Bruce” and hadn’t yet come out as transgender, rear-ended Howe while driving a Cadillac Escalade down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.
Howe, a 69-year-old widow, was pushed into traffic and was hit by a Hummer in another lane, which wound up killing her.
Paparazzi snapped photos of Jenner moments before the accident, showing the Escalade towing a four wheeler. They also captured the exact moment that Jenner hit Howe and photographed the aftermath of the Hummer smashing into Howe’s Lexus.
Howe’s family wants Jenner to sit for a deposition in order to question Jenner’s involvement in the accident. They have also hired a car accident attorney to seek a settlement; in total, road crashes like Jenner’s cost the U.S. about $230.6 billion per year.
Jenner, meanwhile, said that she was being chased by the photographers, which may have played a role in the accident. Several others were also injured, including Jessica Steindorff, the driver of a Prius, who was also hit by Jenner in the accident.
Steindorff, who is a Hollywood talent manager, talked to Entertainment Tonight and took a shot at Jenner for winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS a couple of weeks ago. “For an individual who is such a positive role model in many aspects of her life, Caitlyn has failed to do the right thing and take responsibility for her actions,” she told reports.
Steindorff also has a pending lawsuit against Jenner.