Palm Beach | Venus Williams at fault in fatal car crash
Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report released in Florida on 29 June.
The police report estimates that Ms Williams was travelling at five miles per hour when Mrs Barson crashed into her.
“This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.Malcolm Cunningham, Williams’ lawyer
Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a crash on the 9th June that injured 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later.
The report says a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Barson’s wife, Linda, crashed into the side of Williams’ SUV.
Mrs Barson, who told investigators that she was approaching the intersection when her light turned green and that she was unable to stop in time, suffered unspecified moderate injuries.
Williams, who turned 37 on 17 June, was not hurt.
She told investigators she had entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but had been forced to stop midpoint by traffic ahead of her, adding that she did not see the Barsons’ car when she crossed into their lanes.
Palm Beach Gardens Police’s Major Paul Rogers said the investigation was continuing.
Williams, who has a residence in Palm Beach Gardens, has not been cited or charged and the report filed says she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Malcolm Cunningham, Williams’ lawyer, said: “Ms Williams entered the intersection on a green light.
“The police report estimates that Ms Williams was travelling at five miles per hour when Mrs Barson crashed into her.
“This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”
Williams revealed in 2011 that she’d been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease.
Report by Barbara Wancke