Bruce Jenner's car crash on a Malibu highway this month has traumatized the former Olympic athlete by bringing back painful memories of his younger brother's tragic traffic death nearly 40 years ago.
"Bruce is still haunted by the horror of that, and this new crash has only made that horror worse," a source tells The National ENQUIRER.
Burt Jenner was just 18 on November 20, 1976, when he got behind the wheel of a silver Porsche, which was a gift to Bruce after he won the decathlon gold medal at the 1976 Olympics.
Bruce, then 27, handed his brother the keys for a drive with a girlfriend around Canton, Connecticut. Burt, who had graduated from high school just five months earlier, lost control of the powerful sports car on a winding, hilly road and crashed. Burt and Judith Hutchings, 16, both died in the wreck.
Dan Keating still lives near where the accident happened. "My wife was home at the time of the crash and rushed out of the house," Keating tells The ENQUIRER. "She found the car totaled."
"The car veered across the road and hit a pole before it flipped and landed at the foot of our drive," he says. "Both passengers were ejected."
The young female victim's mother is still angry with the Jenner family for the loss of her young daughter. "I don't want to ever hear that name again," Ruth Hutchings, 77, says.
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