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Venus Williams involved in fatal car crash

Photo source: Twitter – @VenusWilliams

Tennis legend Venus Williams allegedly caused a car accident that sent an elderly man to the emergency room where he died two weeks later, the media has reported.

The 78-year-old man was treated in the local ICU unit where he died 14 days later, according to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports on Thursday:

The driver of the other car — the wife of the victim — told cops she was approaching an intersection westbound in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9 when Venus’ northbound SUV suddenly darted into the intersection.

The other driver says there was no time to stop and she T-boned Venus’ vehicle. Venus told cops she was trying to make it through the intersection but there was a traffic backup and she had to slow down to a crawl, with her car exposed in the intersection.

The driver’s husband, Jerome Barson, suffered head trauma and was taken to a hospital and placed in ICU. He never recovered and died 2 weeks later.

Barson’s wife was also taken to the hospital with broken bones and other injuries, but survived, according to her attorney Michael Steinger.

Cops say Venus caused the accident. According to the police report, “[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver].” 

After being put on full blast, and being blamed for the elderly man’s death, Williams is now speaking through her attorney. She is calling the tragedy an “unfortunate accident” and wants to explain what happened from her point of view.

“Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light,” her attorney Malcolm Cunningham said.  “The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 mph 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 expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”


  1. britishrose on June 30, 2017 at 8:20 am

    why is this news???? it was an accident florida has a lot of elderly people who should not be driving , bad eye sight etc. not trying to sound insensitrive rip to the man , but , sounds to me like they were white and someone is trying to muddy the williams legacy by insighting anger , from whites. this is a common issue with red lights they are not reliable at all . they tell you you can speed through a yellow light but i got a ticke, in the middle of an intersection go figure , and light was yellow . i see that venus had already made it through light and her tail was sticking out and the older man just kept going instead of stoping and looking both ways . jeeez . its sad he died from this . god be with his family . but florida need to do more testing on elderly drivers

  2. coolwater101 on July 4, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    well hopefully they don’t try to charge her later with vehiclar homicide for an accident that may not be her fault.