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Was Bruce Jenner texting? Police to check phone records after fatal rear-end crash which killed 69-year-old Kardashian neighbour
- EXCLUSIVE: Woman who died in Malibu crash involving Bruce Jenner named locally as 69-year-old Kim Howe
- Ms Howe reportedly lives in gated Los Angeles community and is neighbours with Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian
- She died following four-car crash on Pacific Coast Highway on Saturday, which also left seven other people injured
- It is believed Ms Howe – a widow – owns several properties in California including one in Calabasas and in Malibu
- Jenner, 65, who is reportedly undergoing gender reassignment – is thought to have been uninjured in the crash
- Officials now examining phone records of all four drivers to help determine circumstances surrounding crash
This is the moment Bruce Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade crashed into the back of another vehicle in a four-car smash which left one woman, believed to be a neighbour of the Kardashian family, dead.
Jenner, 65, miraculously walked away unscathed from the deadly crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Los Angeles, but seven others were injured.
The identities of those involved in the horror crash have not yet been confirmed but MailOnline can exclusively reveal that the woman who died is believed to be 69-year-old Kim Howe. She has not yet been formally identified, but has been named locally.
Ms Howe, a widow, is believed to be neighbours with the Kardashians and lives in the same Calabasas hideaway as Kourtney, Robert and Khloe Kardashian, which is guarded by security at the road entrance.
Photographs show the moment her car was rear-ended by Jenner’s black Cadillac Escalade, which was towing a dune buggy at the time of the crash.
Investigators are now trying to determine the cause and circumstances surrounding the crash and plan to look at the mobile phone records of all four drivers and check for any video evidence, Sheriff Commander Michael Parker said.
Their investigations will determine if Jenner, or any of the other three drivers involved in the collision, were texting or on their mobile phones at the time of the collision.
But there is no evidence he was being chased by photographers, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Lecrivain.
He told CNN: ‘As of right now, there is no indication that Bruce Jenner was being chased by paparazzi at the time of the crash.
‘There was a possibility that paparazzi was following him at the time of the crash, but that is a very regular occurrence, and (there is) no indication at this time it was a contributing factor of the crash.’
Photographs showing the crash impact appear to show Jenner, who is dressed in a blue jumper with dark sunglasses on, with his left arm raised while behind the wheel.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department will get a search warrant for both Jenner’s phone records and the cellphone itself,TMZ reported today. It is illegal to text while driving in California.
It is thought Jenner smashed his Cadillac Escalade into the back of the victim’s white Lexus, which was then pushed into the path of a Hummer, leaving the vehicle a crumpled wreck and the sole occupant dead.
Five children – and two adults – were also hospitalised in the fatal smash which occurred just after midday on Saturday.
The Olympic gold medalist and Kardashian family patriarch took a roadside sobriety test in front of officers in the wake of the horrific collision, which he passed, while his son Brody rushed to comfort him at the scene.
Today it emerged that the crash victim – believed to be Ms Howe – lives in the same gated community in Calabasas as Kourtney, Robert and Khloe Kardashian.
Jenner’s step-daughter Khloe bought her sprawling mansion on Prado Del Grandioso from pop singer Justin Bieber in March 2014.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star shares the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom 9,214 square foot property with her brother Rob, who has his own private wing away from the main house.