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Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged in fatal car crash

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Annie Martin
Caitlyn Jenner on July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair. The reality star will not be charged for her involvement in a fatal February car crash. Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair
Caitlyn Jenner on July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair. The reality star will not be charged for her involvement in a fatal February car crash. Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Caitlyn Jenner will not face charges for her involvement in a fatal February car crash.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file vehicular manslaughter charges against the 65-year-old reality star Wednesday. Prosecutors said Jenner was driving under the speed limit, and were unable to find her conduct "unreasonable."

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"We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing," the star's lawyer, Blair Berk, said in a statement. "We are heartened the district attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would not be appropriate."

Jenner was driving an SUV when she collided with 69-year-old Kim Howe's sedan on the Pacific Coast Highway Feb. 7 in Malibu, Calif. The impact sent Howe into oncoming traffic, where she was hit head-on by another SUV. Jenner had applied her brakes, but rear-ended another car.

Howe died at the scene, leading her stepchildren to file a wrongful death suit against Jenner in May. The reality star was unharmed in the crash, and although investigators initially suspected her of driving while on the phone, this was found to be not the case.

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"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 the day after the crash. "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."

The fatal crash came just two months before Jenner revealed she is a transgender woman on 20/20. She later appeared on the July cover of Vanity Fair, and documented her transition on E! series I Am Cait. The reality show completed its first season this month.

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