Police: Venus Williams at fault in fatal car crash
Tennis star Venus Williams is at fault in a deadly crash in Palm Beach Gardens that killed a 78-year-old man, according to a newly-released police report.
It happened along Northlake Boulevard and Ballenisles Drive. Palm Beach Gardens police say the crash occurred June 9 at 1:13 p.m.
According to the crash report, Williams, behind the wheel of a Toyota Sequoia, exited Steeplechase Dr. headed north and collided with another vehicle traveling west on Northlake Blvd.
The crash killed 78-year-old Jerome Barson of West Palm Beach.
The report states Williams is at fault for violating the right of way. She reportedly told officers on the scene that she did not see the other vehicle when she crossed Northlake Blvd.
Barson’s wife told investigators that she was slowing for a red light when it turned green and proceeded through the intersection.
CBS12 reached out to Barson's family, who live in West Palm Beach. They declined to comment but did issue the following statement: "[Barson’s widow] is extremely distraught and heartbroken; she was married to him for over 35 years."
Representatives from Venus Williams sent out a statement to the media.
"Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 miles per hour when Mrs. Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations. This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expressed her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one," attorney Malcolm Cunningham said.