Bruce Jenner Calls Fatal Car Crash ‘a Devastating Tragedy’

Two days after Bruce Jenner was involved in fatal multi-car accident that left a woman dead, several questions remain: Who is at fault? Will anyone face charges? And what caused the crash in the first place?

This much we do know: the Olympic champion and reality TV star said he’s cooperating with police in their investigation.

“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,” Jenner said in a statement released Sunday by his publicist, Alan Nierob.

“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.”

Earlier, Jenner told police that paparazzi were following him at the time, but he wasn’t trying to evade them. Investigators said there’s no sign that photographers following him played a role in the crash.

“That is a very regular occurrence, and (there is) no indication at this time it was a contributing factor of the crash,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Lecrivain said.

The multi-vehicle wreck took place shortly after noon Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, the sheriff’s department said.

It started when the driver of a Toyota Prius stopped suddenly and was hit from behind by a white Lexus, CNN affiliate KCAL reported.

Jenner, driving a black Cadillac Escalade, rear-ended the Lexus, which sent the Lexus into oncoming traffic, sheriff’s department Sgt. Philip Brooks said.

Five children and two adults were hospitalized with injuries, authorities said. Jenner was not injured in the crash, his publicist said.

Investigation launched

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has launched a vehicular manslaughter investigation into the accident, a source close to the case told CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos. The investigation will focus on everyone in the case, not just one person, the source said.

On Monday, L.A. County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phillip Brooks told CNN’s Sara Sidner that the incident is being investigated as a “traffic incident involving a fatality.”

Investigators are reconstructing the collision, among other steps, Brooks said. He was asked if the investigation could lead to a manslaughter case. He replied, “There is always the potential for that.”

The sheriff’s department said on its Facebook page that the surviving drivers were cooperating with investigators.

A deputy said Jenner voluntarily took a field sobriety test. Jenner was questioned and went home.

From fame to more fame

Jenner first catapulted to fame after winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon with a world record score for the 10-discipline event. He quickly capitalized on his success with Wheaties commercials, appearances and other ventures.

He became an actor, appearing in the drama “CHiPs” in 1981 and occasionally playing himself on shows such as “Silver Spoons.”

In recent years, Jenner gained fame as the well-known stepfather of Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian on their family’s E! network reality show. He and Kris Jenner, the show’s matriarch, divorced last year.

E! said Jenner was not shooting for “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on the day of the accident.

Most recently, Jenner has made entertainment headlines over rumors he has started transitioning to become a woman. Jenner has not commented publicly on the speculation.

CNN’s attempts to get comment from Jenner, his agents and his mother about the rumors have gone unanswered. The E! network, which is reportedly working on a documentary with Jenner, has told CNN “we’re still not commenting.”
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CNN’s Steve Almasy, Rachel Wells, Todd Leopold, AnneClaire Stapleton, Paul Matadeen, Christie Bear and Catherine E. Shoichet contributed to this report.

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