Former Olympian and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged in connection with a fatal car crash that took place in Malibu earlier this year.
Reuters reports that according to documents provided by Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, prosecutors lacked evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Jenner's conduct was unreasonable,
65-year-old Jenner was driving a Cadillac Escalade along the Pacific Coast Highway and towing a trailer carrying a dune buggy when she slammed into two other cars last February.
During the crash, a white Lexus being driven by 69-year-old Kim Howe was shoved by Jenner's sport-utility vehicle across a centre divider and into oncoming traffic, where it was struck head-on by a Hummer.
Howe was killed in the collision and Jessica Steindorff, who was driving a black Toyota Prius also rear-ended by Jenner, was injured. Jenner escaped serious injury in the crash and declined medical treatment at the time.
According to a summary of the investigation released by the district attorney's office, Jenner was driving slightly below the speed limit and "minimally slower than the victim" and braked 1.9 to 1.5 seconds before the collision.
The summary said that the only possible violation against Jenner would be a "violation of the basic speed law," meaning too fast for the conditions. However, prosecutors said in the document, "crime also requires ordinary negligence. Based on facts, cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect's conduct was unreasonable."
Reasonable doubt is the standard required in California, and in most U.S. courts, to prove a defendant guilty of a crime.
Both Steindorff and Howe's family have sued Jenner, who was known as Bruce Jenner at the time of the crash.
Jenner's criminal attorney Blair Berk told Digital Spy today (September 30): "We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrong doing.
"We are heartened the District Attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would be inappropriate. A traffic accident, however devastating and heartbreaking when a life is lost, is not necessarily a criminal matter."
Civil cases typically require a lesser burden of proof than criminal courts. A spokeswoman for Howe's attorney could not immediately be reached following the district attorney's decision on Wednesday (September 30).