Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Venus Williams 'heartbroken' by crash

Venus Williams Sued for Wrongful Death Venus at fault in fatal car crash in Florida – police
Terence Owen | 02 July, 2017, 01:21

Tennis player Venus Williams posted publicly Friday night for the first time since she was found at fault in a auto crash that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man.

A passenger in a small sedan that collided with Williams' larger SUV, Jerome Barson, 78, died June 22, according to the suit and, separately, the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's office.

The crash which happened on June 9 close to Williams' home in Palm Beach Gardens was made public on Thursday, June 29.

The accident remains under investigation and Williams has not been charged.

He said the light was green when she entered the intersection. The driver of the other auto, Linda Barson, was not able to stop in time and ran into Williams' vehicle, according to the report. Still, the police report deemed Williams responsible for the incident because she didn't have the right of way. Ms Williams also said she did not see the Barsons' vehicle when she crossed the intersection.

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A court document says the front passenger door, where Zhang would have been sitting, was cleaned "to a more diligent extent ". She and the driver speak for a period of time before she gets in the auto , which drives away heading north on Goodwin.

Barson's wife filed a lawsuit, claiming her husband's death was caused "as a result of the negligence" of Williams. According to The New York Times, the lawsuit describes "extensive damage to both vehicles", saying, "The front end of the Hyundai Accent was crushed, the front windshield shattered, the airbags deployed, there was crush damage to the rear on the driver's side, and the back window was shattered".

Venus Williams, the older sister of tennis star Serena Williams, has won seven Grand Slam titles, including five at her favourite tournament, Wimbledon.

His wife went to the hospital with broken bones and other injuries.

Michael Steinger, the attorney for Linda Barson, had no immediate comment.

Malcolm Cunningham, attorney for the former world number one tennis player, said on Friday, "We think it's an unfortunate accident". Williams told police she had was trying to make it through traffic while driving 5 miles per hour when she had to slow down, causing her SUV to block the right of way.

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