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Caitlyn Jenner Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Fatal PCH Crash

Jenner rear-ended a driver on Feb. 7 in a fatal chain-reaction crash on Pacific Coast Highway



    The scene of a fatal crash Feb. 7, 2015 on Pacific Coast Highway involving Caitlyn Jenner.

    Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged criminally in a chain-reaction crash on Pacific Coast Highway that killed a woman in February, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    While driving on PCH and towing a dune buggy on Feb. 7, Jenner rear ended a woman's vehicle causing that car to veer into opposing lanes of traffic where the victim's car was hit by a second vehicle, killing the woman, authorities said.

    Prosecutors said Jenner was traveling below the posted speed limit and put on the brakes right before the crash and the only possible violation was a traffic infraction.

    Prosecutors said they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jenner's "conduct was unreasonable," according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's charge evaluation worksheet.

    "We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing," Jenner’s attorney, Blair Berk, told NBC News' Andrew Blankstein. "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."

    The ex-Olympian faces civil litigation in the crash.

    Hollywood talent manager Jessica Marie Steindorff, who counts model Alessandra Ambrosio as a client, filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit seeks unspecified damages and does not reveal any new information about the fatal crash.

    Steindorff was driving a 2010 Toyota Prius that was allegedly rear-ended by Jenner in the crash that left Kim Howe of Calabasas dead.

    According to sheriff's deputies, Steindorff's Prius was stopped on PCH when she was rear-ended by a white Lexus. Jenner's black SUV with a trailer in tow then rear-ended the white Lexus, sending it into oncoming traffic, where it collided with a black hummer.

    Howe died at the scene. Relatives of Howe have filed a separate suit against Jenner.

    Jenner won the gold medal in the 1976 Olympic decathlon and is known to a younger generation for a role in the reality TV series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." After a Vanity Fair story about Jenner and her gender transition appeared online, she became the most searched item on Google and her Twitter profile following skyrocketed to more than 1 million in about four hours.