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Bruce Jenner

Not Under Influence of Rx Drugs, Alcohol

During Fatal Crash

2/11/2015 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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12:15 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us that Bruce had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 at the time of the accident. 

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Bruce Jenner had nothing in his system that impacted his ability to drive at the time he struck a Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. has determined based on field sobriety tests, blood tests and observations that Bruce had nothing in his system that impaired his driving abilities.  

As one law enforcement source put it, "He was balanced out. He wasn't under the influence. We know that."

Our sources say the blood tests would show anything in his system, including hormonal drugs, but they are confident after their analysis drugs and alcohol played no part in the accident

Jerry Tarkanian

Legendary NCAA Hoops Coach

Dies at 84

2/11/2015 8:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jerry Tarkanian -- one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time -- has passed away at a Las Vegas hospital after battling a respiratory ailment ... this according to his son. 

The 84-year-old -- aka "Tark the Shark" -- was first hospitalized Monday ... but his health took a serious turn for the worse and he ultimately passed away Wednesday morning. 

Jerry's son Danny tweeted the news moments ago, "Coach Tark, my father, the greatest man I have ever known, passed today, to take his place in heaven. I will miss him every day of my life."

Tarkanian led UNLV to the NCAA national championship in 1990 ... and helped them reach the Final Four the following year.

Tark coached his teams to a 729-201 record in 31 years at the D1 level.

Suge Knight

Feud Over 'Compton' Movie

Led to Fatal Confrontation

2/10/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Suge Knight Straight Outta ComptonDr. Dre never asked Suge Knight for permission to include his likeness in the movie "Straight Outta Compton" ... and that sparked the fight which ended with the alleged murder in a parking lot.

Sources connected to Suge tell TMZ ... he got word he was included in the film, and wanted to talk to Dre about how he was being portrayed. As we've reported ... Suge's friend Terry Carter helped set up the meeting.

As for what Suge was so worried about -- a new trailer for the movie was just released, and there is a character whupping someone's ass in a studio ... who looks just like Suge.

TMZ broke the story ... Suge and Dre's sit-down never happened because Suge got into a fight with actor Cle "Bone" Sloan ... and eventually backed up over him and Carter. 

Suge has been charged with Carter's murder, the attempted murder of Sloan, and hit and run.

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Bruce Jenner

'Black Boxes' Could Hold Key to Fatal Crash

2/10/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner's fate could be determined in part by a metal box embedded in the twisted metal that was left on Pacific Coast Highway ... TMZ has learned.

We've learned the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is in possession of all 4 vehicles and the trailer that was attached to Bruce's Escalade. We're told Bruce's Escalade has a sophisticated "Black Box" that contains critical data ... including speed and braking info. The other 3 vehicles have similar data.

We're told the boxes gauge what the driver was doing for the 5 seconds before impact. In one-second intervals, the boxes show speed, braking, the position of the accelerator, etc.  

We're told accident reconstruction experts can use the data from all 4 vehicles and determine the speed and distance between each of them. That could help determine with some precision if Jenner was following too closely behind the Lexus.

Many of the "Black Boxes" are activated by the airbag, but we're told even if the airbag does not deploy the information is still available. 

As we reported, once the investigation is complete the Sheriff's Dept. will send the file over to the L.A. County D.A. for review -- which is SOP when someone dies in a car crash. If Bruce was following too closely, prosecutors could charge him with vehicular manslaughter, however we're told such prosecutions -- when the offense is following too closely -- are "very rare."

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Bruce Jenner

Lawyers Up

D.A. Will Review Fatal Crash

2/9/2015 2:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0209-bruce-jenner-attorney-Coleman-Rayner-04Bruce Jenner has lawyered up in the wake of Saturday's fatal car crash, in an investigation that will make its way to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office ... TMZ has learned.

Bruce was leaving the West Hollywood law offices of Blair Berk, a top criminal defense lawyer who has repped an untold number of celebs.

We've learned once the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. finishes its investigation, they will send the case to the L.A. County D.A. for review. A law enforcement source says it's SOP to refer such a case to prosecutors when a driver breaks the law and someone dies.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they now believe Bruce was not texting and driving. But cops think Bruce was following too closely which is a traffic violation, and such a violation that results in the death of another motorist could theoretically be grounds for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

We found a Northern California case in which a driver who was following too closely was prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter, so it is possible. An official from a L.A. prosecutor's office tells TMZ ... it's "very rare" to charge a driver with vehicular manslaughter when the traffic offense is following too closely. 

Bruce Jenner

I'm Giving Phone Records to Cops

To Prove I Wasn't Texting

2/9/2015 10:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0209-bruce-jenner-car-crash-inf-splashBruce Jenner has volunteered all of his cell phone info to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. to prove he was not texting at the time of Saturday's fatal car crash.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Jenner has authorized Sheriff's detectives to get all the necessary data from Jenner's cell phone carrier, thus making a search warrant unnecessary.

We're told Jenner's promise was verbal but the Dept. needs it in writing in order to gain access to the info.

As we reported, an independent photo agency was at the scene immediately before the crash and snapped a pic of Jenner holding a cigarette and not a cell phone.

We're told it's highly improbable Bruce will be charged with a crime, but civilly he has a problem because there's a law about following too close. Even though it now appears the Prius in front made a sudden stop causing the Lexus to crash into it and Bruce then hit the Lexus ... law enforcement says Bruce should have been farther behind the Lexus, especially since he was pulling a trailer.

Bruce Jenner

Prius May Have Caused Fatal Crash

2/8/2015 5:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0207-main-sbs-bruce-jenner-splash-wm-01Bruce Jenner may not be the driver who caused a woman to die on PCH Saturday ... because law enforcement tells TMZ they now believe the Prius that led the pack made a sudden stop, causing the Lexus to crash into it ... BEFORE Bruce hit the Lexus.   

As TMZ first reported ... Sheriff's deputies were suspicious of the story the Prius driver told. She said she was stopped at a red light, but she was 300 feet from the light. When cops asked her if there was a line of cars in front of her she was vague. Deputies think she might have been making an illegal U-turn.

So the current scenario is this ... the Prius came to a sudden, possibly illegal stop on the highway. The Lexus hit the Prius and then Bruce slammed on his brakes, swerved right but was unable to stop, slamming into the Lexus. The Lexus then went into oncoming traffic and hit the Hummer, killing the Lexus driver.

It appears there is no criminal liability on Bruce's part. As for civil liability, there is a law that you cannot follow too close and need to prepare for sudden events. But if the Prius stopped without warning ... that driver could be at the very least partly responsible for the accident.

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6:00 PM PST -- Jenner released a statement about the crash saying, "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."

Bruce adds, "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.”

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Supperclub

Not Connected to Deadly Shooting

2/8/2015 5:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208-hollywood-grammy-club-shooting-tmz-01The shooting in Hollywood that left one person dead Saturday night had no connection to Supperclub  ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We're told detectives have determined the victim and the shooter who were fighting before shots rang out just happened to be on the same street as Supperclub.  

The club's management also says they checked the surveillance video and neither the shooter nor the victim were ever inside the club Saturday night.

As we previously reported ... the man was shot in the head and died at the hospital. Police have a suspect in custody.  Cops think it's gang related.

Bruce Jenner

Smoking, NOT Texting

During Fatal Crash

2/8/2015 10:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208-bruce-jenner-car-crash-cigarette-SPLASH-INF-01Bruce Jenner will not get in trouble with the law as a result of his deadly car crash ... at least that's the way it appears based on a new photo.

The picture was taken by an independent photo agency just before Bruce slammed into a Lexus Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, sending that driver into oncoming traffic where she was killed after colliding with a Hummer.

It was unclear what, if anything, Bruce was holding in his left hand seconds before the crash.  But the new photo shows Bruce clutching a cigarette, not a cell phone. The photo (above) is the first in a sequence shot by the agency, just before the Lexus comes into frame.

0207-SUB-WM-bruce-jenner-moi-splash-03TMZ broke the story, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department was getting a search warrant to determine if Bruce was texting at the time of the collision ... but this picture would seem to make that unnecessary. 

It's illegal to text while driving and motorists who do can be prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter if someone dies as a result.

Based on the evidence gathered so far, it seems Bruce will not face any sort of criminal prosecution. As we reported, he slammed on his brakes before impact and veered right to avoid the Lexus.  And deputies believe a Prius in front of the Lexus may have made a sudden stop, triggering the collision.

Bruce Jenner

Cops to Get Search Warrant for Cellphone

Was He Texting?

2/8/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0206-bruce-jenner-accident-inf-splash3The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. will get a search warrant to determine if Bruce Jenner was texting at the time he slammed into a car, causing the driver to die ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, they will get warrants for both Bruce's phone records and the cellphone itself.  It's illegal to text while driving in California and if Bruce was texting Saturday when he struck a car on PCH in Malibu, authorities could charge him with vehicular manslaughter.

The photos we posted showing Bruce in the car immediately before impact do not reveal what if anything he's holding.  It appears he might be clutching something in his left hand but it's unclear.

Even if he was texting, our sources say proving he was doing it at exactly the moment of the crash could be difficult or even impossible.

Our law enforcement sources also tell us they're positive Bruce tried to avoid the accident.  The tires on his trailer produced significant skid marks and at the last minute Bruce veered to the right, causing the Lexus to swing left into oncoming traffic.  A Hummer struck the Lexus, killing the Lexus driver. 

We're told cops are skeptical about the story of the Prius driver, who was hit from the rear by the Lexus in the chain reaction.  The Prius driver says she was stopped at a red light, but she was about 300 feet from the light itself.  Cops don't know if there was a long line of cars in front of her or if she stopped before the light to make an illegal U-turn.  They tell us her story is "vague."

We're told cops didn't check Bruce's phone at the accident scene.  As one law enforcement source put it, "We were more interested in his sobriety."  Bruce passed the sobriety test.

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Grammy Parties

Shooting Near Club

One Dead

2/8/2015 7:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0208-hollywood-grammy-club-shooting-tmz-01Someone was shot to death near a pre-Grammy party Saturday night.

It happened next door to Supperclub in Hollywood, and the joint was filled with rappers, including DJ Paul and based on social media it looks like Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q and Wiz Khalifa were also there.

Two guys got into an argument near the club, shots rang out and one person lay mortally wounded in the street.  The man was shot in the head and died at the hospital.

Cops tell us it looks like both men involved in the fight were affiliated with gangs.  At this point, there's no evidence that the suspect or victim were patrons of Supperclub.

As for Saturday's incident ... cops have a suspect in custody.

Bruce Jenner

In Horrible Car Crash

One Person Dead

2/7/2015 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar3:45 PM PT  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Bruce volunteered to go to the hospital to have his blood drawn for blood alcohol testing.  He was taken in a Sheriff's cruiser.  We've also learned the woman who was killed in the white car was coming to a stop at a red light when Bruce hit her.  We're told law enforcement has already determined Bruce was not speeding.

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Bruce Jenner was involved in a horrific car accident on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu at around noon Saturday, one person is dead, and it looks like Bruce caused the accident ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... there were 4 vehicles involved in the crash.  We're told there were 8 people involved and all sustained some sort of injury ... but one person died at the scene.

Eyewitnesses say Bruce rear ended the white car and that car went into oncoming traffic and was struck by the Hummer.  You can see the impact in the pics below.  The woman driving the white car died.

0207-SUB-WM-bruce-jenner-moi-splash-03One law enforcement source said Bruce seems to be ok, but again, we're told the 7 survivors sustained some injuries, ranging from minor to moderate.

Jenner family sources tell TMZ Bruce was being chased by as many as 5 paparazzi at the time of the crash.  Bruce told cops he wasn't drinking and passed a field sobriety test.

We're told Bruce had picked up his Polaris UTV after loaning it to a wounded veterans group.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Husband Escapes Prosecution

In Deadly Crash

2/7/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Husband Sued Car Accident

"Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson's husband slammed into another driver and killed him after what the victim's family calls an illegal move -- but he WON'T be prosecuted ... TMZ has learned.

Justin Mikita was driving his Audi in L.A. last November when he crossed over a double yellow line into oncoming traffic ... attempting to turn left.  

23-year-old Nick Trela was riding his Honda motorcycle in the opposite direction and slammed into Mikita's car as it was turning left. Trela died from his injuries.

The L.A. City Attorney has just decided it will not prosecute Mikita for vehicular manslaughter, because authorities determined Trela was partly to blame because he was speeding.

In addition, sources connected to Mikita's legal team say there are several witnesses who say Mikita made a legal left turn through a break in the double yellow.

Although Mikita won't be prosecuted, he's being sued by Trela's family.

Mikita tells TMZ ... "This is a horrible tragedy. I want to respect the family and the process, so I am not going to discuss any details of the accident or the complaint at this time."

Trela was engaged to Kirstie Alley's daughter.

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