Police Reportedly Clear Venus Williams Of Blame In Fatal Car Crash

Tennis star Venus Williams will not be charged in a crash that killed a passenger in another vehicle - and neither will the other driver, according to a police investigation that concluded neither was at fault.

Barson's 78-year-old husband, Jerome, died 13 days after the June 9 crash and she suffered a broken arm and other injuries.

"Based upon this investigation and relevant Florida state statutes, no charges will be filed in this case", according to an 18-page traffic homicide investigation released Wednesday by Palm Beach Gardens police.

The police said an unidentified third auto cut Williams off as she tried to cross a six-lane highway.

Williams came to a stop as she traveled north through the intersection "to avoid a collision" when a auto going west made a left turn in front of her, according to authorities.

Williams has not commented publicly on the report reportedly clearing her of blame.

On June 9, Williams was involved in a auto collision with Jerome Barson and his wife near Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Williams initially claimed that she did nothing illegal to cause the accident, and Florida law enforcement eventually stated that they believed her, after reviewing footage from a nearby surveillance camera that caught the whole thing. As she started to cross, a dark sedan cut her off, forcing her to stop. "I never saw that auto coming", Williams had told an officer at the scene. The family's attorney, Michael Steinger, said police are wrong and the suit will be pursued. "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.

According to ESPN.com news services, police said Williams "was cut off by another vehicle, setting off a chain of events that seconds later resulted in a fatal crash with a third auto".

Barson's daughter, Audrey Gassner-Dunayer, has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion.

  • Stacy Allen