"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 in a statement released by his publicist. "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. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible."
The deadly collision remains under investigation, but Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said a
Jenner, who was driving a black Cadillac Escalade hauling a trailer carrying an off-road vehicle, rear-ended the Lexus, pushing it into oncoming traffic.
A Hummer traveling southbound collided head-on with the Lexus, whose driver, 69-year-old Kim Howe, died at the scene.
Detectives and traffic investigators will examine the phone records of Jenner and other motorists involved to determine if cellphone use played a role in the collision.
Jenner's apparent gender transition has attracted zealous media coverage in recent weeks, but there's no evidence that paparazzi played a role in the crash.
Jenner was being trailed by paparazzi, but according to sheriff's Sgt. Philip Brooks, it's unlikely he was trying to flee them.
The Jenner-Kardashian family – whose goings-on have been on display in a series of reality TV shows and are standard fodder for tabloids – are no strangers to trailing throngs of photographers.
Paparazzi on-scene managed to document the crash and the moments afterward. Donning sunglasses and a baseball cap, Jenner surveyed the wreckage, according to photos posted on the celebrity gossip website TMZ.
Jenner passed a field-sobriety test and took a blood-alcohol test. Results were not immediately available.
Three children and two adults were also hurt in the crash, none with serious injuries.