LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - There is no indication that Olympic gold medallist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was being chased by paparazzi at the time of a four-car crash on a Southern California highway on Saturday that left one person dead, police said.
"There was a possibility that paparazzi was following him at the time of the crash, but that is a very regular occurrence, and (there is) no indication at this time it was a contributing factor of the crash," added Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant John Lecrivain, CNN reported.
Celebrity website TMZ, citing family sources close to Jenner, had earlier said he was being chased by photographers.
Jenner was driving one of the vehicles that crashed in the beachside celebrity haven of Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway, killing one person.
He was behind the wheel of a black Cadillac SUV which was the third car involved in the crash, CNN reported. The first vehicle had made a sudden stop, and the sedan behind it, a Lexus, also braked suddenly. Jenner's vehicle, towing a trailer behind it, then hit the second car from behind, causing the Lexus to spin into oncoming traffic where it was hit by another vehicle. The Lexus' driver was killed, CNN said.
Jenner declined medical treatment at the scene near Los Angeles, said Sheriff's Department Sergeant Matthew Dunn. The former track star, 65, made headlines earlier this week when People magazine reported that he had told family members he planned to become a woman.
The name of the person killed has not been released, and authorities did not immediately give the person's gender or age.
Five other people injured in the crash were transported to a local hospital, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lieutenant Jennifer Seetoo said in a statement. Their conditions were not released.
Celebrity website TMZ showed photos of Jenner standing at the scene of the collision, which left one car with its trunk damaged and its front end mangled and pushed in towards the driver's seat.
Dunn had earlier said three vehicles were involved, but sheriff's officials later confirmed there was a fourth vehicle.
Jenner won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. He gained renewed fame when in 2007 he and members of his household began starring in the reality television series Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which mainly followed the exploits of Kim Kardashian and the other children of Jenner's now ex-wife.
Representatives for E!, the cable network that airs the show, have declined to comment to Reuters on the People magazine report on Jenner's gender change and a representative for the former Olympian could not be reached for comment.