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Caitlyn Jenner settles lawsuit with stepchildren of woman killed in PCH crash

Caitlyn Jenner has settled the second civil suit brought against her after a fatal multi-vehicle crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu last February.

A wrongful death suit brought by William Howe and Dana Redmond — the stepchildren of Kim Howe, who was killed in the crash — was dismissed Tuesday, Jenner attorney Philip Boesch Jr. told the Associated Press.

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Though the AP had no details beyond the fact of the settlement, a source told TMZ that the deal was for a "very modest amount" because of doubts about the stepchildren's standing in the case. The source also said the money had come from insurance, not straight from Jenner.

Howe was northbound on PCH on Feb. 7 when traffic slowed and her Lexus was rear-ended by Jenner's Cadillac Escalade, which was pulling a trailer carrying an ATV. The collision pushed Howe's car into oncoming traffic, where it was slammed by a Hummer, killing the 69-year-old.

Jenner's car continued forward and hit a Prius driven by Jessica Steindorff, who was later charged with a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license.

The possibility of a manslaughter charge against Jenner, 66, was the topic of much discussion in the months before and after the former Olympic athlete went public with her transition from Bruce to Caitlyn, however, prosecutors announced in September that no charges would be filed.

"Based on facts, cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect's conduct was unreasonable," prosecutor Patricia Wilkinson wrote in a document declining to file even a misdemeanor charge.

"Now, ultimately a jury trial in this civil case is the only way to hold Ms. Jenner accountable for causing Kim Howe’s death," William Howe and Redmond's attorney, Jeffrey D. Wolf, said at the time. "We are going to continue our efforts to ensure that justice is served."

Tuesday's settlement means no such trial will happen.

In December, Jenner settled a lawsuit brought by Steindorff, 29, who sought unspecified damages.

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