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Tennis star, Venus Williams found Guilty and at Fault in Fatal Auto crash in Florida

37-year-old, Seven time Tennis Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams has been declared responsible for a fatal car accident that occured on the 9th of June in Florida, which lead to injuries and subsequent death of 78-year-old Jerome Barson who was a passenger in the other vehicle driven by his wife. The family has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams, alleging negligence.

According to the suit, the impact of the crash damaged both the 2016 Hyundai Accent that the Barson’s were driving as well as the 2010 Toyota Sequoia belonging to the Tennis star
78-year-old Jerome Barson’s injuries included “severed main arteries, massive internal bleeding, a fractured spine, and massive internal organ damage.” He was in the ICU when he died on June 22, which, the lawsuit says, was Linda Barson’s 68th birthday- whose injuries according to the lawsuit included a cracked sternum and shattered right arm. She also broke her right wrist, hand and several fingers.

In Linda Barson’s statement to the police she stated that she was traveling west in the right lane and approaching an intersection, slowing for a traffic light. According to the report, the light changed to green, and Barson said she drove through the intersection when Williams’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia cut across in front of her car and she was unable to avoid crashing into Williams.

Crash Simulation and analysis

Williams, according to the report, told police she was stopped in the median of the intersection because of other traffic. Williams also said she did not see the Barsons’ car when she crossed the intersection. The report says Williams was driving an estimated speed of 5 mph.
“(Williams) is at fault for violating the right of way of (the Barsons),” the report said. There is no mention in the report of Williams being cited.

Jerome Barson was taken to a hospital and died two weeks later. Barson’s wife was also hospitalized but survived.
“Mrs. Barson is suffering intense grief and doesn’t know how she will go on,” said Michael Steinger, Linda Barson’s attorney. “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.”
Williams’ attorney Malcolm Cunningham, in a statement said: “Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light. 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.”

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