Tuesday 12 December 2017

Venus Williams 'considered at fault by police' after car crash that leaves 78-year-old man dead

Venus Williams involved in car crash
Venus Williams involved in car crash
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Tennis superstar Venus Williams has been "considered at fault" by investigating police in a car crash that has resulted in death of a 78-year-old man, according to reports in America.

Police report obtained by TMZ reveal the wife of the victim told cops she was driving into an intersection at Northlake Boulevard and Ballen Isles Drive when Williams' SUV "darted" into the intersection, forcing her to crash into Williams.

The report on TMZ cites police reports and has inspired this response from the lawyer representing the 10-time Grand Slam champion.

TMZ report that the driver of the other car -- the wife of the victim -- told cops she was approaching an intersection westbound in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on June 9 when Venus' northbound SUV suddenly darted into the intersection.

The other driver says there was no time to stop and she T-boned Venus' vehicle. The report that Williams told police she was trying to make it through the intersection, but there was a traffic backup and she had to slow down to a crawl, with her car exposed in the intersection.

The driver's husband, Jerome Barson, suffered head trauma and was taken to a hospital and placed in ICU, but he never recovered and died two weeks later. 

TMZ state that according to the police report, "(Venus) is at fault for violating the right of way of (the other driver).

"Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light," her attorney Malcolm Cunningham said.

"The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 mph when Mrs. Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations."

"This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."

Williams is due in London next week to take part in the Wimbledon Championships, where she is bound to be asked questions by reporters about this incident.

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