Attorneys for former Olympian and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Bruce Jenner have filed a new court document claiming that Jenner shouldn’t have to financially compensate relatives of the woman who died in a car crash he was involved in.
In an answer to a lawsuit filed by Dana Redmond and William Howe, the stepchildren of Kim Howe, the attorneys contend that Redmond and Howe were not financially dependent on Howe, and thus are not entitled to damages.
“[T]hese 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 — and who were not financially dependent on the decedent for ‘the necessities of life,'” the answer reads.
The lawyers add, “In a wrongful death case, it is not sufficient merely to allege the conclusion that a person is dependent upon the decedent.”
Citing a section of the Code of Civil Procedure, the answer reads, “Dependence may be said to exist where the recipient relies on the financial contribution of the decedent for the necessities of life — food, shelter, clothing, medical treatment — but not where the decedent’s contribution … is intended to secure luxuries or non-essential amenities.”
In their suit, filed a month ago, Howe and Redmond allege that Jenner was “careless and negligent” in the crash, which occurred in Malibu, Calif., in February. Their suit alleges that Jenner’s vehicle hit Howe’s car, pushing it into oncoming traffic. According to the suit, Howe’s death “caused plaintiffs to suffer enormous damages and losses.”
Howe and Redmond are seeking unspecified damages.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.