UPDATE 2/8/15 8:10 A.M. EST:
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s County Department, Bruce Jenner was not being chased by paparazzi during the time of the 3-vehicle crash. Gossip Cop reports:
“…but a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says, “As of right now, there is no indication that Bruce Jenner was being chased by paparazzi at the time of the crash.”
The spokesman added, “There was a possibility that paparazzi was following him at the time of the crash, but that is a very regular occurrence, and [there’s] no indication at this time it was a contributing factor of the crash.”
Other reports claim that the Keeping Up With The Kardashians patriarch may have been texting. TMZ explains:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, they will get warrants for both Bruce’s phone records and the cellphone itself. It’s illegal to text while driving in California and if Bruce was texting Saturday when he struck a car on PCH in Malibu, authorities could charge him with vehicular manslaughter.
The photos we posted showing Bruce in the car immediately before impact do no reveal what if anything he’s holding. It appears he might be clutching something in his left hand but it’s unclear.
Even if he was texting, our sources say proving he was doing it at exactly the moment of the crash could be difficult or even impossible.
Our law enforcement sources also tell us they’re positive Bruce tried to avoid the accident. The tires on his trailer produced significant skid marks and at the last minute Bruce veered to the right, causing the Lexus to swing left into oncoming traffic. A Hummer struck the Lexus, killing the Lexus driver.
The site goes on to say that officials are “skeptical” of the Prius driver’s story because it’s “vague.” We will continue to keep you updated.
Bruce Jenner was involved in a car crash that involved three vehicles this afternoon, and according to reports, one person – a female – died at the scene.
According to TMZ, the accident occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu at approximately noon.
Law enforcements have also informed the site that:
There were 3 vehicles involved in the crash. We’re told there were 8 people involved and all sustained some sort of injury … but one person died at the scene. One law enforcement source said Bruce seems to be ok, but again, we’re told the 7 survivors sustained some injuries, ranging from minor to moderate.
Witnesses say that Bruce rear-ended a white car (pictured above), which led to the vehicle being forced into oncoming traffic. It was then hit by a Hummer, according to reports.
TMZ reports that family sources say Bruce was being chased by as many as five paparazzi when the accident occurred and was not drinking at the time.
“Jenner family sources tell TMZ, Bruce told cops he was being chased by as many as 5 paparazzi when he rear ended the white car. He says he was not drinking an volunteered to do a field sobriety test, which we’re told he passed.”
We will keep you updated as more details surface.
SOURCE: TMZ | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Splash