Venus Williams sued by family of man who died after Florida crash

Taylor Byrd
July 4, 2017

Civil court documents filed last week claim Williams was "driving carelessly and recklessly" which "led to the catastrophic injuries and death of Jerome Barson".

VENUS Williams has broken down in tears as she reflected on the fatal vehicle accident which has left her facing a wrongful-death lawsuit. Williams trailed off. "I'm completely speechless".

When cameras returned to Venus at the press conference, she was sobbing. She replied, "Maybe I should go", before returning a few minutes later.

Palm Beach Gardens police released a preliminary report saying she was the driver at fault in a June 9 accident that left Jerome Barson, a passenger in the other auto, with fatal injuries.

Mr Cunningham told the TMZ website: "The police report estimates that Ms Williams was travelling at 5mph when Mrs Barson crashed into her".

The 37-year-old is due to make her 20th appearance at Wimbledon on Monday and her lawyer believes the crash would not stop her from participating. Journalists were informed she would not answer any questions about the crash.

"Definitely tennis is still the love of my life and gives me joy", said Williams, who had released a Facebook statement Thursday calling the crash "an unfortunate accident".

Williams entered into that intersection on a green light. According to reports, Williams was crossing an intersection when her Toyota SUV collided with a Hyundai being driven by Linda Barson, 68. Her husband was taken to the local hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The report says Williams was driving an estimated speed of 8km/h.

Despite the personal turmoil, Williams will play at Wimbledon in England next week.

Williams had to walk out of a press conference today after her first-round win over Elise Mertens at Wimbledon.

While a police report states Williams "is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]", she has not been cited or charged.

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