Bruce Jenner has released a statement about the fatal car accident he was involved in Saturday, saying he "cannot pretend to imagine" what the family of the victim, 69-year-old Kim Howe of Calabasas, is going through. "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," he said last night. "It is a devastating tragedy ... I am praying for them." He also said he would cooperate with investigators, the AP reports. Jenner's rep reasserts that he was not texting at the time of the chain-reaction accident, but investigators will likely continue to look into whether distracted driving played a role for any of the drivers involved. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the driver of a Prius may ultimately be to blame.
The Prius was followed by the Lexus that Howe was driving, which was followed by Jenner's SUV. The sources say the Prius driver told deputies a suspicious story—that she was stopped at a red light, when she was actually 300 feet away from the light—and that deputies think she may have come to a sudden stop to make an illegal U-turn. The potential series of event: The Lexus then rear-ended the Prius; Jenner hit the brakes and swerved but still rear-ended the Lexus, pushing it into oncoming traffic, where it collided with a Hummer and Howe was killed. Jenner's publicist says cellphone records will confirm he was not texting; he also passed a field sobriety test and voluntarily submitted a blood sample to rule out intoxication. (Click for more celebs who have been involved in deadly accidents.)