Tennis superstar Venus Williams, 37, the winner of seven Grand Slam titles, was found to be at fault in a car accident fatality that claimed the life of Jerome Barson, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9, according to a police report released on Thursday, June 29. Barson, 78, died two weeks after the crash, from a traumatic head injury he suffered due to the car accident. Williams was uninjured in the accident.
TheWrap reported that according to a police report, Williams, who was driving an SUV, allegedly darted into an intersection. According to Fox News, Williams had been driving her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV. Barson’ wife, Linda, the driver of a 2016 Hyundai Accent her husband was a passenger in, told the police she was unable to stop in time, and T-boned the tennis star’s SUV.
The car accident result in Barson being transported by ambulance to a local hospital, experiencing head trauma. He was placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and two weeks later, he succumbed from his injuries.
Barson’s wife also was injured in the car accident reportedly caused by Williams. She sustained multiple broken bones and other injuries.
Initially, neither representatives for the Barson family nor Venus Williams issued any comments when asked for them by the media. Later on, Malcolm Cunningham, the attorney for Williams, released a statement. He stated that the light was green when Williams entered the intersection in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
In addition, Cunningham said that the police report indicated Williams was only traveling at five miles an hour when she was crashed into by Mrs. Barson. Cunningham added that the police did not issue Venus Williams any traffic violations or citations. Cunningham called the car accident and death of Mr. Barson unfortunate, and said that Williams wanted to express her deep condolences to the Barson family.
Though no traffic violations or citations were given to Williams by the police, based on what Williams told them, they believe she had caused the car accident to happen by her actions. Fox News reported that witnesses quoted in the police report said the light had not been green. They said that Williams had gone through a red light.
Fox News reported that Venus Williams, the older sister of another tennis superstar, Serena Williams, told the police that she was attempting ot travel through the six-lane intersection, but the traffic was so backed up, she was slowed “down to a crawl.” That left her SUV exposed in the middle of the intersection by traffic ahead of her.
The police report arrived at the conclusion that Venus Williams violated the right of way of the other driver. By violating the right of way, Williams was determined to be at fault for having caused the accident, according to the police report.
The report by the police officers at the scene of the car accident also mentioned that Williams not been distracted by an electronic device and there was not any evidence she had been driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. The investigation into the car accident is ongoing.
By John Samuels