A personal injury lawyer representing Jessica Marie Steinsdorff has filed a second lawsuit against former Olympic champion and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as transgender in April, in connection with a fatal car crash on a Southern California highway in February.
Jessica Marie Steindorff, who said in court papers she was injured in her vehicle in the crash, filed the personal injury suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday accusing Jenner of driving “negligently, carelessly, recklessly and wantonly” and causing the crash.
Steindorff works as a Hollywood talent manager, according to CNN.
The adult stepchildren of Kimberly Howe, who was killed in the February 7 four car collision on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, filed a lawsuit in May against Jenner for negligence and wrongful death.
Jenner, who publicly spoke to ABC’s Diane Sawyer on April 24 for the first time about being transgender, said at the time of the accident that he was cooperating with police as they investigated the fatal crash. It occurred on a tricky stretch of the highway, where the road is narrow and twisting.
Kimberly Howe was driving her Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, when Jenner struck the rear of her car, “propelling her vehicle into the opposite lanes of traffic,” according to the lawsuit filed by her stepchildren, Dana Redmond and William Howe. “Ms. Howe’s vehicle was then struck head-on by another vehicle, killing her.”
Several other people were injured in the crash, authorities have said, while Jenner escaped serious injury.
The lawsuit filed by Howe’s relatives came one week after Jenner, 65, declared in a nationally televised interview in April that she identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender.
Jenner, who was then called Bruce Jenner, rose to fame with a record-breaking Olympic gold medal victory in the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. Jenner was known to younger generations as the patriarch of reality TV’s Kardashian clan.