Venus Williams Will NOT Be Charged in Fatal Car Accident
Venus Williams was involved in a car accident that killed an elderly man on June 9, 2017.
Williams was cut off by an unidentified vehicle as she tried to cross a six-lane highway near her home that caused driver, Linda Barson to slam into the passenger side of Williams' SUV. Barson suffered injuries, including a broken arm, though her husband, Jerome died from organ failure 13 days after the crash. He was 78 years old.
According to ABC News, The tennis champion is still facing a wrongful death civil lawsuit from the family of Jerome Barson as they claim Williams is at fault for being in the middle of the intersection on a red light. The family is seeking damages in excess of $15,000.
In a previous statement during the investigation, an attorney for Williams said that "once Ms. Williams entered the intersection lawfully, she had the right to proceed through the intersection and other vehicles, including those with a red light changing to green, were obligated to yield the right-of-way to Ms. Williams."
But according to the Barson family, said that Williams attorney is wrong.
“Ms. Williams clearly violated our client’s right of way because our client had a green light, as indicated in each and every police report issued in this case to date,” Steinger said in a statement. “The report is further inaccurate because the video surveillance does not indicate the color of Ms. Williams’ light and therefore does not support the police department’s conclusion.”
Williams, broke down in tears at Wimbledon in July when reporters questioned her about the wreck.
"There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and yeah. I'm completely speechless," Williams said.