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Bruce Jenner

'Black Boxes' Could Hold Key to Fatal Crash

2/10/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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Tyrese

Screw Uber ...

I'm Getting in the Limo Biz

2/9/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tyrese Gibson LimoUber and Lyft may have some new competition in L.A., because Tyrese Gibson is gunning for their high-end clientele.

We're told Tyrese will begin renting out his chauffeured "Rolls-Royce" Ghost Sprinter van to people who want a taste of the celebrity life, with a full day starting at $1,500.

The car has already been the ride of choice for celebs like Floyd Mayweather, The Rock, R. Kelly and Sanaa Lathan.

You may recall ... Game and Tyrese once drove to Vegas in the van just to get pizza.

The whip's got several Apple TVs, a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac Mini, custom Rolls rims and grill, crazy neon "Transformers" lights, a phone charger at each seat, Internet, and even a heated floor.

And you thought that silly pink Lyft mustache was cool.

Bruce Jenner

Smoking, NOT Texting

During Fatal Crash

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

And we're told there was a 4th car involved in the accident.  The woman in the white car hit a Prius in front of her before moving into oncoming traffic.  update_grey_gray_bar

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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Chris Brown

Cops Search Car

After Gun Tip

2/7/2015 6:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020615_chris_brown_launchChris Brown has cops on high alert these days ... and an anonymous tip that the passenger in his car had a gun was enough for L.A.'s finest to spring into action.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the LAPD got a call from someone saying Chris' passenger was carrying a gun.  Chris was already inside Sayer nightclub in Hollywood, but the cops were able to coral the friend, detain him and search Chris' Lambo.  They found nothing.

Chris was attending TI's pre-Grammy party when it went down.  Cops are well aware trouble sometimes finds him.  You'll recall he was performing at a VMA party at 1OAK last Summer when shots rang out and Suge Knight was hit 6 times.  Last month 5 people were shot when Brown was performing in San Jose.

On the bright side, Brown tweeted Friday he's completed his community service in the Rihanna case.

NBA Player Gerald Green

I Gave My G-Ride a $26K Facelift

... And It's SWEEEET

2/7/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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G-Ride: A particularly stylish vehicle with expensive and flashy modifications. 

NBA star Gerald Green knows the definition 'cause he just dropped over $26K to turn his 1967 Chevelle into one of the pimpest G-Rides ever ... and TMZ Sports has pics of the finished product.

We spoke to Ash from 713 Motoring in Houston and he tells us they pulled a Michael Jackson on Green's whip -- that is, making it totally unrecognizable from the original product.

We're told the Suns swingman spared no expense on the ride -- with a new sound system, custom Forgiato rims, plus a brand new 555 big block Pat Musi performance engine ... all part of the package.

#Gangsta 

Chevy

Considering Giving Truck to Malcolm Butler

... So Brady Won't Have To

2/6/2015 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0206-malcolm-butler-super-bowl-truck-chevrolet-getty-01update_graphic_red_bar2:20 PM PT -- Chevy confirms Butler will get his own truck on Tuesday.update_grey_gray_barSuper Bowl hero Malcolm Butler is one step closer to getting a free truck ... because the powers that be at Chevy are actively discussing hooking him up ... so Tom Brady won't have to give up his MVP ride. 

TMZ Sports spoke with a rep for Chevrolet who tells us ... they're well aware of Tom's intentions to give his Chevy Colorado to Butler ... but they don't want to see Tom part ways with the vehicle. 

"Obviously, it was part of his prize as MVP, but we're aware of Tom Brady's wishes for Malcolm to have the truck," the rep tells us. 

So, we asked if Chevy would be giving Butler a ride of his own ... and the rep told us, "We've discussed it. That's all I can really say right now."

Sounds to us like plans are in motion ... but when we pushed, the rep was pretty tight lipped. 

Bottom line ... if you're Malcolm Butler, you might wanna start making room in your garage. 

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Lance Armstrong

WRECKED SUV PICS

... From Alleged Hit & Run

2/5/2015 2:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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TMZ Sports has obtained pics of the SUV that Lance Armstrong's girlfriend Lance Armstrong allegedly smashed into 2 parked cars during a hit and run in Aspen, CO ... and it's as wrecked as his reputation. 

As we previously reported, Lance initially let his girlfriend Anna Hansen take the fall with police for the hit and run ... before Aspen PD found holes in her story ... and she eventually confessed that Lance was behind the wheel.

According to police, Lance smashed into TWO parked cars while leaving a fancy museum party at the St. Regis Aspen Resort on December 29th ... and then fled the scene. 

Lance was cited for the incident -- and he's due in court next month. 

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Lance Armstrong

Hit 2 Cars, Blamed Girlfriend

... Cops Say

2/3/2015 11:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lance Armstrong has disgraced himself all over again ... so say police who claim the cyclist hit two parked cars after partying in Aspen ... and then let his GF take the blame. 

According to the Aspen PD, Armstrong's SUV was identified in the December 29th incidents -- and upon questioning, Lance's GF Anna Hansen initially told cops she was the driver that night. 

0203_lance_armstrong_accident_ASPEN-POLICEShe also told the investigator that she and Lance had been driving home from an Aspen Museum Party at the St. Regis Aspen Resort ... and didn't want Lance to drive because he had been drinking. 

According to the police report, Anna told cops she lost control of the SUV and struck two parked cars ... then returned to the scene on foot moments later and told the owner of the vehicles she'd pay for the damage. 

But the investigator didn't buy Anna's story ... and contacted the valet company that worked the party that night. 

The valet told cops ... he specifically remembered helping Anna into the PASSENGER seat after the party and Lance WAS THE DRIVER.  

**Cue Perry Mason music** 

When the investigator confronted Anna with the new info, she "became upset" ... and said that they had stopped at a market on the way home and traded seats, so she drove. 

The investigator still wasn't buyin' it. 

Get this ... two days later, Anna changed her story AGAIN ... and finally admitted Lance was driving that night. But now she insists he was NOT drinking at the time. 

According to cops, Anna said ... "He was not intoxicated, and that was um, you know, I’m sorry I lied to you that morning but I was trying to make [it] sound like, well, I was driving because that was, just, I don’t know … I was just trying to make something up at that time."

As for Lance, he was hit with two citations. He's due in court on March 17th.

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