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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

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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

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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.

3. The Victim Died Two Weeks After the Accident

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Facebook/Moshe Martin Cohen Jerome and Linda Barson.

Barson, who also went by Jerry, suffered head trauma from the accident, and was placed in the ICU. He died two weeks after the car crash. The exact date is unclear, however, a relative posted a photo of Jerome to Facebook on June 22. Friends commented, “You will be missed”, appearing to indicate the victim died on or near June 22.

He and his wife ran a company that booked cruises for travelers, the Palm Beach Post reports.  “Mrs. Barson is suffering intense grief and doesn’t know how she will go on,” said Michael Steinger, Linda Barson’s attorney, told CNN. “Her husband of 35 years was struck by Venus Williams, who was at fault in a car accident, which ultimately resulted in Mr. Barson being hospitalized 14 days with multiple surgeries which resulted in his death.”

4. Barson’s Wife Was Driving the Vehicle Williams’ Car Collided With

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(Facebook/MosheMartinCohen)Jerome Barson.

The vehicle that Williams’ car collided with was being driven by Jerome Barson’s wife, Linda Cohen Barson, who was also taken to the hospital. Her attorney, Michael Steinger, tells TMZ that she suffered broken bones and other injuries, none of which were life-threatening.

Like Williams, Linda Barson has a history of driving offenses in Palm Beach County, court records show. She was cited three times for speeding between 2004 and 2013 and paid fines as a result.

The attorney representing the Barson family, Michael Steinger, did not immediately return a request for comment from Heavy.


5. The News Comes One Week Before Williams Is Expected to Play in Wimbledon

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Venus Williams of The USA serves during the second round match against Kurumi Nara of Japan on day four of the 2017 French Open. Williams, 37, is gearing up for her 10th Wimbledon, which begins Monday in London.

Venus’ sister, Serena, will be absent from this year’s tournament, as she’s expecting a baby in September. Williams, a five-time champion, is expected to be a focus at this year’s Wimbledon, as is Petra Kvitova, who has won the championship two times.

 

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