Bruce Jenner is fighting back against the wrongful death lawsuit which was filed after his involvement in a fatal car accident that killed his 69-year-old neighbor, Kim Howe.
Kim's stepchildren, William Howe, 57, and Dana Redmond, 60, deemed Bruce “careless and negligent” when he slammed into her Lexus on Feb. 7 — leading her to swerve her car into oncoming traffic and crash.
Aside from the wrongful death suit, they also sought compensation for loss of affection, despite allegedly not even having a close relationship with Kim.
Kim's Lexus after the car crash. (Photo Credit: Splash)
“These two plaintiffs are financially independent, successful, adult stepchildren, ages 57 and 60, who have lived out-of-state in Maine and New York for decades — who were not financially dependent upon the decedent for ‘the necessities of life,’” read paperwork obtained by LA Times.
But while the 65-year-old and his legal team are fighting the lawsuit, they are still sympathetic to the situation, stating, “The Defendant, Bruce Jenner, agrees with plaintiffs and their lawyers, and all other affected persons, that the automobile accident alleged in the complaint was a terrible tragedy.”
On Feb. 8, after the accident, Bruce released a statement to the public, "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. 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 L.A. County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the crash, and TMZ is reporting that Bruce hopes to have the case dropped.
(Editor’s Note: Bruce Jenner has clarified that he prefers the media still use the familiar male pronouns, so we will respect his wishes until he indicates otherwise.)