Bruce Jenner in 2011. Photo via Wikimedia Commons "Bruce Jenner" by jla0379 - Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
Bruce Jenner in 2011. Photo via Wikimedia Commons “Bruce Jenner” by jla0379 – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –
Bruce Jenner in 2011. Photo via Wikimedia Commons “Bruce Jenner” by jla0379 – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

Updated at 9:50 p.m., Feb. 7, 2015

A woman was killed and at least five other people were injured Saturday in a chain-reaction crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu involving four vehicles, one of which was driven by Olympic champion and reality television star Bruce Jenner.

Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal winner and a star of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reality TV show, was unhurt, his publicist Alan Nierob said.

Jenner made headlines recently with the revelation he was “transitioning” to become a woman.

The crash happened about 12:10 p.m. on PCH, in the vicinity of Corral Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Jenner was being followed by paparazzi as he was driving, which is not unusual, but there was no immediate indication that they contributed to the crash, Sgt. Philip Brooks of the sheriff’s Malibu-Lost Hills Station told a City News Service reporter at the scene.

A Toyota Prius headed north on PCH either slowed or stopped and was rear- ended by a white Lexus, Brooks said.

Jenner, driving north in a Cadillac Escalade towing a trailer carrying a dune buggy-type off-road vehicle, then rear-ended the Lexus, which was sent into the path of an southbound Hummer H2, the sergeant said.

One of the four drivers involved in the crash — a woman who was driving the Lexus — was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s department.

Seven other people, two adults and five minors, were taken to a hospital, the sheriff’s department reported. It was unclear if all seven were injured.

Jenner passed a field sobriety test and also voluntarily submitted a blood sample, according to Brooks, who said Jenner did not appear intoxicated.

The trailer had brakes that left skid marks being analyzed to determine the Escalade’s speed, he said.

“Mr. Jenner was aware that he was being followed by paparazzi, but he is followed everywhere by paparazzi,” Brooks said. “He was not trying to elude them, he says.”

There happened to be a paparazzo who at the moment of impact captured images apparently showing Jenner holding a cell phone, Brooks said.

“We will be checking his phone records, of course, to see if he was using the phone,” at the time of the crash, Brooks said.

Investigators were questioning why the Prius driver, a woman who was not injured, slowed or stopped hundreds of feet away from the traffic signal at PCH and Corral Canyon Road, and why there was a paparazzo with a camera at the ready standing nearby, Brooks said.

About 6 1/2 hours after the fatal crash, a 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he left a Malibu restaurant, headed south on PCH and drove through a sheriff’s barricade, plowing into the Prius and the Lexus, sheriff’s Sgt. Matthew Dunn said.

The second crash did not compromise the investigation of the original incident, Dunn said.

Investigators had just finished taking measurements of the first crash scene when the second one happened, he said.

PCH was closed in both directions, about two miles north of Malibu Canyon Road, until about 9:15 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Because PCH remains closed at Point Mugu following this winter’s flooding, landslides and wave damage, the 6,000 or so residents of western Malibu were somewhat isolated by the two blockages. Access to the Point Dume and Zuma Beach areas was available only via Kanan-Dume Road, or three twisting back-country canyon roads across the Santa Monica Mountains, authorities said.

Paparazzi have been a contentious issue in Malibu. Groups of freelance photographers often are seen outside restaurants, grocery stores and other public places, prompting some property owners to post “paparazzi free zone” signs.

–Staff and wire reports

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