Venus Williams Is Found at Fault in Fatal Crash
Super athlete Venus Williams is in a heck of a lot of hot water after she was involved in a car accident earlier this month. The tennis champ was driving in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. on June 9th when she was involved in the crash. According to the New York Times, the five-time Wimbeldon champion got stuck on a red light at an intersection and another vehicle crashed into her. While Williams was uninjured, the passenger of the other vehicle was hurt severely and has since passed away. Now, Venus Williams is being blamed for the fatal car accident and may be facing a lawsuit.
What You Need to Know
A report filed by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department states that the accident occurred around 1 in the afternoon. Williams was driving her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV at just 5 miles per hour when the other vehicle hit hers. Williams has been placed at fault “for violating the right of way” of the other vehicle, though the issue is pretty complicated since she had crossed into the intersection while the light was still green. The driver of the other vehicle was 67-year-old Linda Barson, who was accompanied by her husband, Jerome Barson, 78. Sadly, Jerome died two weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash.
“This is an unfortunate accident, and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” Williams’ lawyer Malcom Cunningham said in a statement reported by the New York Times.
The accident is under investigation, but Williams has neither been cited nor charged with anything. The crash report states that Williams was not under the influence in any way, nor was there evidence of texting.
Will There Be a Lawsuit?
According to ESPN, Linda Barson does plan to sue Williams for the accident that claimed the life of her husband. Barson’s attorney, Michael Steinger, told Good Morning America that they’re having trouble obtaining further evidence from the scene.
“At this point we are attempting to both preserve the evidence and gain access to evidence. There were video cameras placed at guard houses where Ms. Williams lives; police have refused after multiple requests to turn those over to us, and we would like to see visual portrayal of the accident on those videos. They have impounded all the vehicles and have impeded our ability to do our investigation and move forward,” Steinger told the morning program. “Not sure what their reasoning is. They have refused to turn them over to us at this point.”
We’ll have to wait and see if this video evidence changes things in any way. As of now, it doesn’t appear likely that Williams will face any criminal charges.
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