Venus Williams blamed in fatal Palm Beach Gardens crash

Posted June 30, 2017

Police in Florida say tennis star Venus Williams was at fault for a auto crash June 9 that led to the death of the passenger in the other vehicle two weeks later. The victim, Jerome Barson, was in a auto with his wife (who was driving) in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., when suddenly she approached an intersection, as Williams reportedly collided with their vehicle in her SUV.

Victim Jerome Barson was riding in a vehicle with his wife, the driver, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

There is no evidence in the report that Williams was driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or using an electronic device.

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"According to TMZ, the police report states that "[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]". Williams claims her SUV was in the intersection after traffic in front of her had slowed to a halt.

Williams may now find her hopes of a Wimbledon comeback dashed if charges are pressed.

Mrs Barson had broken bones but her husband died two weeks later, TMZ reported.

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In September 2009 she was cited for driving with no proof of her insurance.

Williams, a victor of seven Grand Slam singles titles, is expected to play in her 20th Wimbledon tournament in July. On Thursday (June 29), the athlete released a statement calling the tragedy an "unfortunate accident" and explaining her side of the story. She paid a $163 fine after that incident.

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