a1Los Angeles, CA- Questions remain about the fatal accident involving reality star Bruce Jenner, but police have ruled out the possibility that the tragic crash was set off by paparazzi as Jenner initially suggested.
The accident took place Saturday along the Pacific Coast Highway when Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade rear-ended a white Lexus and pushed it into oncoming traffic.
The collision was set off when a Toyota Prius stopped short, according to CNN. Trailing behind the Toyota was a Lexus, which was then rear-ended by Jenner’s Escalade. The Lexus was pushed into oncoming traffic where it was struck by a Hummer H2.
The elderly woman driving the Lexus was killed in the crash.
Two adults and five children were also injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Jenner, who was not injured in the crash, cooperated with police and agreed to a sobriety test.
Jenner initially told authorities that the paparazzi played a role in the accident, but police ruled that out as a possible cause. He’s been dogged by photographers since news that he is transitioning from male to female surfaced last week.
CNN reports that police have opened a vehicular homicide into the crash and are looking at all parties involved in the crash. Police are looking into whether any of the parties were texting or using their cell phones at the time.
In a statement following the crash, Jenner’s publicist told CNN, “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. It is a devastating tragedy, and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time.”
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