Venus at fault in fatal auto crash in Florida
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 04, 2017,
Jul 04, 2017, 0:22
The American tennis player got sued by Jerome Barson's family, the 78-year-old man who died in a vehicle crash apparently caused by Venus, who was found at fault for failing to yield the right of way.
The 37-year-old tennis star wrote that she is "devastated" in a Facebook post she shared on Friday. The Barson family seek compensation from Williams for damages. 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 auto.
She's in London preparing for Wimbledon, which she has won five times, the last coming in 2008.
"I'm completely speechless." The moderator stopped the conference shortly after and Venus left the room for a minute, before returning to answer a few additional questions about her match. He went on to say, "Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations".
According to the lawsuit filed, Venus Williams drove through a red light, was driving inattentively, and was in negligent operation of a auto at the time of the crash.
But Williams' lawyer Malcolm Cunningham, speaking before the lawsuit was filed, disputed that version of events.
Williams' attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, said police estimated Williams was traveling only 5 miles per hour when struck by Barson's auto.
An attorney for Williams, who is about to begin her effort to win a sixth Wimbledon title, released a statement Thursday.
The police have established that she was travelling at a speed very moderate (8 km/h) and that it was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The family of the man who was killed in a vehicle crash with Venus Williams announced on Friday that they will be filing a lawsuit against the tennis legend.