Jenner’s collision drove the Lexus into the opposite lane of traffic where it was struck head-on by a Hummer H2, according to police.
The driver of the car, identified as Kim Howe, 69, a neighbor of the Kardashians, was killed at the scene.
Five children and two adults were also injured as a result of the crash, which occurred just after noon on Saturday (Feb. 7) on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.
Bruce, 65, was visibly shaken up, but not hurt. He could be seen walking around the accident scene.
Police are now investigating whether Jenner was texting or talking on his phone while driving. Jenner did not brake soon enough to prevent his SUV from striking the Lexus.
Police have filed a search warrant for his cell phone and likely cell phone records to determine if he was on the phone at the time of the accident.
California law prohibits all drivers from using handheld wireless phones or cell phones and/or texting while driving. Fines for violations are low. The first offense is $76. But that’s the least of Jenner’s problems.
He could be charged with vehicular manslaughter if he was using his phone at the time of the accident. A conviction carries a one to six year jail sentence plus fines depending on the circumstances.
Causing a fatal accident while texting or talking on a cell phone could elevate the charge to a felony, according to California’s Penal Code 192(c)(1).
The chain crash started when Howe’s Lexus plowed into the back of a Toyota Prius, according to police statements. She was stopped in the road when Jenner slammed into her.
In addition to Jenner, police are also searching cell phone records of the other drivers.
Paparazzi were tailing Jenner at the time of the accident and were on the scene almost immediately to take photos. According to some reports, Jenner is blaming his crash on them.
But so far, police say there is no evidence the photographers contributed to the accident. If Bruce was reporting them to police via his phone at the time, it could mitigate potential charges against him.
“As of right now, there is no indication that Bruce Jenner was being chased by paparazzi at the time of the crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Lecrivain told CNN.
“There was a possibility that paparazzi was following him at the time of the crash, but that is a very regular occurrence, and no indication at this time it was a contributing factor of the crash,” he added.