Published: Sat, December 23, 2017
Sports | By Toni Houston

No charges for Venus Williams in fatal Florida auto accident

No charges for Venus Williams in fatal Florida auto accident

"A previous police report said that Williams was being held responsible for the accident, with a portion of the report stating, "[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]".

After the incident, Williams told police she had entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but had been forced to stop midpoint by traffic ahead of her.

Linda Barson, who was driving the vehicle Williams collided with, will also not be charged.

Williams - a seven-time Grand Slam champion and older sister of tennis star Serena Williams - posted on Facebook that she was "devastated and heartbroken" by the crash.

Police had initially said Williams was to blame for failing to yield the right-of-way.

According to witnesses, Williams' auto had driven into the path of the Barsons and she was unable to clear the junction in time because of traffic ahead. She's been informed that she is officially not at fault for the fatal auto crash that killed senior citizen Jerome Barson, ABC News reports. His wife suffered a broken arm and other injuries. This was a crash involving two motor vehicles.

The airbags appear to have deployed in the front, and the back windows are shattered.

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When the traffic light changed, the sedan that T-boned William's Toyota Sequoia had a green light. While there, he developed multi-organ failure and remained in the intensive care unit until his death 13 days after the crash, according to the autopsy.

Meanwhile, the Barson family has filed a wrongful death suit against Williams, the report said.

'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, ' he said.

After being held responsible for the death of a 78-year-old man, tennis star Venus Williams will not be charged for the fatal auto crash.

The couple were married for more than 33 years and the lawsuit said Jerome Barson died on his 68th birthday.

Attorneys for Williams and the Barsons could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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