Bruce Jenner was a newly minted Olympic hero when he made the tragic decision to give his teenage brother Burt the keys to his Porsche sports car.
Burt, just 18 and devoted to his lookalike big brother Bruce, persuaded his 16-year-old girlfriend Judith Hutchings to skip school and join him for a joy ride.
Within minutes, Burt lost control of the powerful vehicle, smashing into a utility pole on a country lane.
Paramedics fought to save them but Judith was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital and Burt died five hours later, without regaining consciousness.
Today — as the ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s’ star finds himself at the centre of another fatal car crash — the Daily Mail Online can reveal for the first time the full details of the crash that destroyed two families.
Even now, the tragedy is seared into the memories of many who still live in the small hamlet of Canton, Connecticut.
‘It was a long time ago but it is still very sad,’ Jenner’s childhood friend Tom Hinman told the Daily Mail Online.
The horrific accident happened three months after Jenner broke the decathlon world record at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Hailed as the world’s greatest athlete, the gold medalist returned to his parents’ home in Canton for a testimonial dinner at Burt’s high school.
The strapping 6ft 2 ins Jenner, who is now transitioning into a woman, was the toast of the close-knit community as he spent several days meeting fans and seeing old friends.
Local sports car dealer Barton Manaker presented 27-year-old Jenner with a silver Porsche to use during his trip.
As Jenner’s tree surgeon dad Bill and mother Esther made a fuss of their eldest son, Burt went outside to look at the car sitting in the driveway.