Caitlyn Jenner Sued by Grammy-Nominated Composer Over Fatal Car Accident
Officials have already cleared Jenner of wrongdoing in the case
Music industry vet Peter Wolf-Millesi, his wife Lea Wolf-Millesi and Lea’s mother Elga Maurer, who was also in their vehicle, are suing Jenner for injuries they allegedly suffered after Kim Howe’s Lexus struck their vehicle. Peter and Lea’s children Nino and Gaetano – who are minors – are also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Los Angeles.
Officials determined Howe died in the multi-vehicle crash after her car was pushed into oncoming traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Howe had hit her brakes after a Prius in front of her stopped for unknown reasons. Jenner rear-ended her, causing her to swerve into oncoming traffic, where she struck the Wolf-Millesi’s car.
Officials previously cleared Jenner of wrongdoing in the accident after months of exhaustive investigation. Police determined that Jenner was driving below the speed limit and “minimally slower” than Howe was.
The plaintiffs blame Jenner for “serious injuries to their bodies” and “great physical and mental pain and suffering” stemming from the crash.
The lawsuit claims Peter, a composer who earned a Grammy nomination as a producer and co-writer on Jefferson Starship’s 1985 hit song “We Built This City,” continues to suffer “severe nerve damage to his wrists and hands.” The suit says Lea requires ongoing orthopedic treatment and baby Gaetano had to be transported to UCLA’s emergency room following the accident.
They are seeking an unspecified amount in damages for pain and suffering, medical bills and future loss of earnings.
“We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing,” Jenner’s attorney Blair Berk told PEOPLE in a statement at the time. “We are heartened the District Attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would be inappropriate. A traffic accident, however devastating and heartbreaking when a life is lost, is not necessarily a criminal matter.”