Venus Williams reportedly at fault in car crash resulting in a man’s death
Venus Williams reportedly caused a T-bone car accident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man, according to Palm Beach Gardens police report. The report said that on June 9 Williams was driving through an intersection at 5 miles per hour when she “darted” into the street in front of another car, which struck her head-on.
Fourteen days after the accident, Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old passenger in the other car, passed away from head trauma damages, allegedly resulting from the accident. His wife Linda, who was driving the car, suffered broken bones and other injuries in the crash. Williams said she attempted to move through the intersection, according to a CNN report, but traffic caused her to slow down and become “exposed in the intersection.”
“[Williams] is at fault for violating the right of way of (the Barsons),” the report said, according to TMZ. There is no mention in the report of Williams being cited. Williams was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to police, nor was she on a cell phone or other electronic device at the time of the accident.
1. Venus Is at Fault in the Accident According to Police Reports Obtained by TMZ
A police report obtained by TMZ Sports states that Williams is “at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver].” Williams allegedly told police she tried to make it through the intersection, but traffic caused her to slow down, and led to the collision. Williams was driving a 2010 Toyota Sequoia. Police say there is no evidence that Venus was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or that she was distracted by an electronic device.
The crash happened outside the Ballenisles Country Club, where Williams owns a home, the Palm Beach Post reports. Police said the investigation is ongoing and said requests for the accident report have been forwarded to the Palm Beach Garden’s city clerk for processing. Malcolm Cunningham, an attorney representing Williams, issued a statement to WPTV.
“Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 miles per hour when Mrs. Barson crashed into her,” Cunningham’s statement said. “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.” It is not clear if Williams could still face criminal charges. It is also not known if Linda Barson plans to file a civil lawsuit against Williams.
2. Williams Was in a Crash in 2013 and Was Cited for Driving With a Suspended License
Venus Williams has been cited at least twice for traffic violations in Palm Beach County in the past, according to court records obtained by Heavy. In 2011, she was stopped by the Jupiter Police Department and cited for driving with no proof of insurance. She was issued a $116 fine, which was increased to $139 in December 2011 for failure to pay on time. Williams was also cited after a 2013 incident. She was issued an infraction by the Florida Highway Patrol for unknowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license. That charge was filed after she was involved in a crash on Intestate 95 in Palm Beach County. Details of the crash, including whether she was at fault, were not immediately available. She paid a $166 fine for that infraction. Her license had been suspended on May 8, 2013, for failure to pay fines, court records show. The crash occurred on July 3, 2013.