Initially, some thought paparazzi might have contributed to the accident since Bruce was reportedly being followed by as many as five photogs when it occurred. Bruce himself disproved that theory, telling law enforcement that he was aware that he was being followed, but he wasn't driving erratically to try to avoid them.
When photos of the moment of impact were released, Bruce appeared to be holding something in his left hand and many were quick to assume he had been texting. In a newer photo, obtained by TMZ, the object in Bruce's hand is clearly a cigarette...not his phone.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that investigators will possibly seek cellphone records for all the drivers to determine if distracted driving played a role in the accident. "The investigator will decide whether cellphone information is needed from the drivers," county sheriff's Sgt. Philip Brooks told USA TODAY. "That is a strong possibility in this case."
Bruce's publicist has released a statement saying that, "The evidence will show that Bruce was not texting at the time of the accident," and that Bruce will continue to cooperate with the investigation, which will include handing over his cell phone records if he is asked to do so by the investigators looking into the cause of the four-car collision.
Bruce has been extremely cooperative thus far and said in his statement that he will continue to cooperate "in every way possible."