Questions, answers in deadly crash involving Bruce Jenner
MALIBU, CA - FEBRUARY 7, 2015: One person was killed and at least seven other people were injured in a four-vehicle crash that may have been triggered by paparazzi chasing Olympic gold medalist and tabloid star Bruce Jenner February 7, 2015 in Malibu, California. One person in the white car was killed. (Photo by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - FEBRUARY 7, 2015: LA Sheriff's investigators work an accident scene on PCH where one person was killed and at least seven other people were injured in a four-vehicle crash in that may have been triggered by paparazzi chasing Olympic gold medalist and tabloid star Bruce Jenner February 7, 2015 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - FEBRUARY 7, 2015: LA Coroner's officials remove the body of an elderly woman who was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Pacific Coast Highway in that may have been triggered by paparazzi chasing Olympic gold medalist and tabloid star Bruce Jenner February 7, 2015 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
VARIOUS PERSONALITIES -- Pictured: Bruce Jenner -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
1976 Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada, Men's Decathlon, USA's gold medal winner Bruce Jenner (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Jul 1976: Bruce Jenner of the USA celebrates during his record setting performance in the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy /Allsport
CANADA - JULY 30: Leader of the pack: Not succumbing to the temptation to run an easy 1;500 metres; the decathlon gold medal being already assured; Bruce Jenner of the United States strides out in front yesterday on his way to 4:12.81 clocking; excellent for a participant in 10-event combination. His total of 8;618 points broke world record he set earlier this year. In 10 events he achieved 4 career bests; tied one. (Photo by Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Bruce Jenner and Linda Thompson during Muscular Dystrophy Benefit at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 25: Charlie Jones (left), Bruce Jenner (center, with child), and Ahmad Rashad commentate for television during the Bruce Jenner Bud Light Classic track meet held on May 25, 1985 at San Jose City College in San Jose, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
Bruce Jenner during Las Hadas Sweet Sixteen Celebrity Sports Invitational at Las Hadas, Mexico in Las Hadas, Mexico, Mexico. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Bruce Jenner and Kris Kardashian (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - 1991: Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner pose for a portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1991: (Middle row, L-R) Brody Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Bruce Jenner, Kris Jenner, Cassandra Jenner, Kim Kardashian, (top row, L-R) Brandon Jenner, Burton Jenner,(bottom row, L-R) Robert Kardashian, Jr., Khloe Kardashian of the celebrity Jenner and Kardashian families featured in the TV show 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' pose for a family portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California . (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 25: Bruce Jenner watches the action during the 1991 Bruce Jenner track meet held at San Jose City College in San Jose, California on May 25, 1991. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner during 1995 Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kris Kardashian, Bruce Jenner and Kendall Jenner (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
390465 08: Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner speaks June 11, 2001 during the 2001 Service to America Awards Presentation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Bruce Jenner during 16th Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner attend the world premiere of 'Ali' on December 12, 2001 at Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Bruce Jenner during 2003 Celebrity Sports Invitational Ski Event in Squaw Valley at Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, California, United States. (Photo by A. Nevader/WireImage for InStyle Magazine)
BEL AIR, CA - MARCH 13: Olympian Bruce Jenner attends 'The 22nd Annual Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon And Family Expo Kickoff' at the Hotel Bel Air on March 13, 2003 in Bel Air, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 11: Olympian Bruce Jenner and his family attend the film premiere of 'Holes' at the El Capitan Theater on April 11, 2003 in Hollywood, California. The film opens in theaters nationwide on April 18, 2003. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Bruce Jenner during 'Along Came Polly' Premiere at Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Bruce Jenner and Brody Jenner during 2005 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Bruce Jenner during Dream Foundation's 'A Day To Dream' - July 24, 2005 at Santa Barbara Zoo in Santa Barbara, California, United States. (Photo by Eric Isaacs/FilmMagic)
Bruce Jenner and family during E! Entertainment Television's 2005 Summer Splash Event - Arrivals at Tropicana at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Bruce Jenner during Midsummer Night's Dream: A Magic Night of Poker - Arrivals at The Avalon in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 09: Bruce Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner at the 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' premiere party on October 9, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
TV personality Brody Jenner and father Bruce Jenner pose for the cameras at the 8th Annual Playboy Golf Scramble Championship Finals held at Industry Hills Golf Club at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort on March 28, 2008 in Industry Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 05: TV personality Bruce Jenner arrives at the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 05: Bruce Jenner sighting on July 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA - OCTOBER 24: Television personality Bruce Jenner arrives at the Stand Up For Kids Annual Dinner and Auction on October 24, 2009 in Westlake Village, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07: (L-R) TV personalities Kim Kardashian, Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner attend the Bravada International launch party hosted by Kardashian at The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge at The Grove on April 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 11: TV personalities Kris Jenner (L) and Bruce Jenner attend the Endless Youth & Life store opening celebration on November 11, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 10: Television personalities Bruce Jenner (L) and his wife Kris Jenner appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at the NBC Studios on June 10, 2011 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Bruce Jenner and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Bruce Jenner attends the Performance 3D demonstration at 230 Fifth Avenue on January 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner arrive at the Brent Shapiro Foundation: The Summer Spectacular on September 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 723 -- Pictured: Bruce Jenner -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 4: Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner hits a tee shot during the first round of ARIA Resort & Casino's 12th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational golf tournament at Shadow Creek on April 4, 2013 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: TV personalities Brody Jenner (L) and Bruce Jenner pose at the Brandon and Leah album release party for 'Cronies' on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 06: TV personality Bruce Jenner attends The 6th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic To Benefit The Lopez Foundation at Lakeside Golf Club on May 6, 2013 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Lopez Foundation)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 845 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bruce Jenner with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on June 4, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Bruce Jenner arrives at the All Sports Film Festival closing ceremony at El Portal Theatre on November 11, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 21: Bruce Jenner is seen leaving Kim Kardashian's appartment on May 21, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 19: Bruce Jenner is seen on August 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24: Bruce Jenner leaves the 'Four Seasons George V' hotel on May 24, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sheriff's officials on Monday dug deeper into a weekend chain-reaction crash on Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway that involved Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner and left one woman dead.
The wreck was documented in paparazzi photos that were posted online by celebrity gossip website TMZ.
It has garnered significant attention, along with a slew of speculation. Here's a look at what happened and some questions that have cropped up so far:
WHAT WERE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CRASH?
A woman driving a Toyota Prius stopped or slowed on the highway and was hit by a woman driving a Lexus.
Bruce Jenner, driving a black Cadillac Escalade with a trailer carrying an off-road vehicle, saw the crash and swerved right to try to avoid it. He hit the Lexus, causing it to veer into oncoming traffic, and it collided head-on with a black Hummer.
The driver of the Lexus - Kim Howe 69, of Calabasas - died at the scene.
WHAT IS BEING INVESTIGATED?
Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators are trying to determine why the Prius stopped or slowed.
Traffic doesn't tend to build up on the Pacific Coast Highway in February, and the driver was 150 yards from the next traffic light.
Her statements to investigators were "unclear," Sgt. Philip Brooks said.
Another big question is why the Lexus veered into oncoming traffic when it was hit by Jenner's Cadillac.
Usually all three cars stay in line in such an accident. But in this case the Lexus crossed a 12-foot center lane to make its way into the Hummer's path, Brooks said.
DID THEY ALL TAKE SOBRIETY TESTS?
Deputies who responded to the collision spoke to each driver and asked only Jenner to take a field sobriety test.
He passed without problems and voluntarily submitted a blood sample. Those results won't be known for some time, Brooks said.
It's unclear why deputies decided to test only Jenner, but typically they do not ask someone to submit to such tests unless there is a question about their sobriety, Brooks said.
WHY CELLPHONE RECORDS?
Sheriff's investigators were contacting Jenner and the other drivers Monday to ask for access to their cellphone records.
It has become routine for investigators to request such records in fatal multivehicle collisions to determine if distracted driving was a factor.
However, it's difficult for investigators to pinpoint the timing of the crash to the moment of a message or phone call.
Sheriff's deputies were at the crash scene for hours Saturday taking measurements to painstakingly reconstruct the collision.
Investigators will re-interview the drivers, use the skid marks left by Jenner's trailer to determine the speed of impact, and analyze the debris field and physics of the wreck. They'll also look at photos or videos taken by bystanders, including paparazzi.
It will be months before investigators are able to conclude whether anything criminal occurred. "Sometimes it's just an accident, and that's all there is to it," Brooks said.
WHAT DOES CALIFORNIA LAW SAY ABOUT TEXTING & DRIVING?
Drivers in California must use hands-free equipment while talking on their cellphones and are prohibited from texting while driving.
However, a court ruling last year said drivers can use a cellphone's GPS or map while driving without a hands-free device. The ruling has muddled law enforcement's ability to enforce texting and driving laws, Brooks said.
WHAT DOES JENNER SAY?
Jenner has called the accident a "devastating tragedy" and vowed to cooperate with investigators. He also released a statement extending sympathies to the victim's family and "all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident."
Jenner's publicist Alan Nierob has said the Olympian wasn't texting when the crash happened and that he'll provide cellphone records if asked by investigators.
WAS THE PAPARAZZI CHASING JENNER? DID THAT CAUSE THE CRASH?
Jenner told deputies he was being followed by the paparazzi, but investigators quickly determined he was not trying to evade them and they didn't cause the crash, Brooks said.
Paparazzi often surround Jenner, and he's used to them following him.
Jenner won a gold medal in the men's decathlon at the 1976 Summer Games, but he's known to a younger generation as Kim Kardashian's stepfather.
He and Kris Jenner appeared on the reality series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," along with their children. The two finalized their divorce late last year, ending 23 years of marriage.
WHY HAS JENNER BEEN IN THE NEWS LATELY?
The crash comes amid widespread talk that Jenner, 65, is becoming a woman. Though Jenner himself has declined to publicly comment, his appearance has gradually become more traditionally feminine.
Those in his inner circles have not challenged speculation that he is preparing to live as a woman and perhaps will appear in a new reality series about his transition.