Venus Williams speaks out about fatal vehicle crash


Venus Williams is the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the daughter of a 78-year-old Florida man who died a couple of weeks after a vehicle crash involving the five-time Wimbledon champion.

Williams, 37, broke her silence on the fatal crash, which occurred on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., killing Jerome Barsons, noting she is keeping the family in her prayers. According to reports, Williams was crossing an intersection when her Toyota SUV collided with a Hyundai being driven by Linda Barson, 68.

Williams has not been charged but police hold her accountable for the traffic accident, and Palm Beach Gardens police's Major Paul Rogers said on Thursday the investigation was continuing.

An attorney for Williams released a statement that day saying the athlete expressed "her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one".

The suit also said Linda Barson, who suffered several fractures to her right arm and hand in the crash, is "physically and emotionally devastated".

"A police incident report first obtained by TMZ Thursday found that "[Williams] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]" when she drove into an intersection while another vehicle had right of way.

"(Williams) is at fault for violating the right of way of (the Barsons)", the report said. Ms Williams also said she did not see the Barsons' auto when she crossed the intersection. She's in London preparing for Wimbledon, which she has won five times, the last coming in 2008.

Venus Williams is being sued over a fatal auto crash in Florida last month which she was allegedly at fault for. His wife survived the crash but suffered broken bones among other injuries.

Jerome Barson, 78, died two weeks after the accident due to the injuries sustained as a passenger.

Michael Steinger, the attorney for Linda Barson, had no immediate comment.

"There were video cameras placed at guardhouses where 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".

Williams' attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, said police estimated Williams was traveling only 5 miles per hour when struck by Barson's vehicle.