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Police blame Venus Williams for fatal car crash

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Venus Williams
Venus Williams

The police in Florida have blamed Venus Williams for the two-car crash on June 9 that eventually killed a passenger in the other vehicle.

News of the fatal wreck near Williams’ home in Palm Beach Gardens surfaced in media accounts on Thursday, days before the 37-year-old tennis star play in Wimbledon next week.

Reuters reported that the investigating police officer said Williams was to blame for failing to yield the right of way to another motorist at a four-way intersection.

The report said the other driver, Linda Barson, 68, had just entered the intersection on a green light when she reported seeing Williams’ sport utility vehicle “cut across in front” of her and “was unable to avoid crashing into” Williams.

Another motorist who saw the accident also told police Barson had a green light when Williams crossed in front of her.imbledon

According to the report, Williams told police she drove into the intersection after exiting from another street on a green light, but stopped at the median break to wait for cross-traffic to clear, then proceeded without seeing Barson.

“The driver of (Williams’ car) is at fault for violating the right of way of”, the investigating officer concluded.

Barson’s passenger, identified in the report as Jerome Barson, 78, was taken to a Florida trauma center. He died 13 days later, according to the Palm Beach county medical examiner.

The police report estimated Williams was traveling at about 5 miles per hour (8 kph) at the time of impact and was not distracted or suspected of any drug or alcohol use.

Williams’s attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, did not directly address the accident report’s finding that his client was at fault, but said the tennis star was not issued “any citations or traffic violations.”

 

Source: globalvillageextra

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