A woman is suing Caitlyn Jenner, claiming her actions sparked the deadly chain-reaction crash earlier this year on Pacific Coast Highway.
Jessica Steindorff, a Hollywood talent manager who represents super model Alessandra Ambrosio, was driving a Toyota Prius when she was involved in the Feb. 7 crash that left her injured, according to a complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
She is claiming lost wages and more than $25,000 in damages.
Steindorff’s complaint is the second lawsuit filed since the deadly crash.
The lawsuit contends that Jenner acted “negligently, carelessly, recklessly” when her car collided with Steindorff’s Prius.
Kim Howe, 69, died at the scene of the crash.
At the time of the crash, authorities reported that Kim Howe’s Lexus had rear-ended the Prius when it slowed down or suddenly stopped, and that Jenner’s Escalade then rear-ended Howe’s car, thrusting it into oncoming traffic. A Hummer struck Howe’s Lexus after it was pushed into traffic.
But Steindorff’s attorney, Robert Simon, said the crash unfolded differently. After the Lexus was hit, Jenner’s SUV continued traveling and slammed into Steindorff’s car, he said.
After the crash, in a statement, Jenner called the accident a “devastating tragedy.”
“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. “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.”
Howe’s stepchildren, William Howe and Dana Redmond, filed a lawsuit months after the crash, saying the Olympian is responsible for her death.
They said they have suffered “enormous damages and losses” and that Jenner violated the rules of the road and was negligent.
Jenner’s attorneys fired back in court documents, saying Howe’s stepchildren are not entitled to any damages because they are financially independent.
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