Saturday, 1 July 2017

Venus Williams sued over a road accident in Florida that killed a 78-year-old man

Venus Williams faces a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a man who died in a Florida car crash involving the tennis star

Police report stated that the Tennis star is at fault for causing a car accident which led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle.

Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a crash that injured 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later.

The traffic was slowed to a crawl and, according to a police report, Barson’s wife, Linda was driving through the intersection when Williams cut across in front of her.

The Barsons had been married for over 30 years
The report says a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Mrs Barson, crashed into the side of Williams’ SUV.

The tennis star 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.

According to the police report, there was no suggestion that either driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Police added that they did not believe Williams was distracted by an electronic device.

Palm Beach Gardens Maj. Paul Rogers says the crash remains under investigation.

The five-time Wimbledon champion is now being sued over the fatal accident in Miami, Florida.

TMZ reports that the widow of the 78-year-old man has started legal proceedings.

Mrs Barson is seeking unspecified damages for pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses, loss of earnings and companionship. 

According to the lawsuit, filed on Thursday Linda Barson, 68, also sustained injuries, including “a cracked sternum, shattered right arm, broken wrist, hand and fingers.”

Venus Williams in London ahead of Wimbledon Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley/Telegraph
Venus, who arrived in London on Wednesday to prepare for her 20th Wimbledon tournament, made her first public comments about the crash with a post on her Facebook page Friday evening.

She wrote that she was “heartbroken by this accident. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

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