Venus Williams sued by estate of man fatally hurt in crash

Allan Goodman
July 2, 2017

Venus' attorney Malcom Cunningham revealed that "Williams actually entered the intersection on a green light". Her auto was said to have darted into an intersection and another vehicle hit her auto.

Barson suffered severe head trauma from the crash and died in the intensive care unit this past Sunday, TMZ reported.

Court records obtained by the Palm Beach Post show that Barson's family listed "the expectation of recovery in an action for wrongful death" as his lone asset in a petition on behalf of his estate filed on Tuesday. The report says she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The police report says witnesses have claimed Williams ran a red light at a junction and went into the path of the vehicle driven by Mr Barson's wife.

"I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident", Williams posted to Facebook.

"(Williams) is at fault for violating the right of way of (the Barsons)", the report said.

As per cops report obtained by U.S. media, Williams "is at fault for breaching the right of way of" the Barsons' vehicle.

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Williams, 37, has won the tournament five times, although her last title there came in 2008.

Mr Barson died almost a fortnight after the crash after suffering internal bleeding, organ damage and a fractured spine. Williams told police she was trying to get through the intersection but had slowed to five miles (eight kilometers) per hour due to a traffic jam that left her vehicle blocking the right of way.

Michael Steinger, the attorney for Linda Barson, had no immediate comment.

Venus Williams spoke out for the first time about the auto crash that left a 78-year-old man dead.

Williams, now ranked 11th in the world, is scheduled to begin her quest for a sixth Wimbledon singles crown next week. Williams told police she had was trying to make it through traffic while driving 5 miles per hour when she had to slow down, causing her SUV to block the right of way.

"I am devasted (sic) and heartbroken by this accident", wrote Williams, the world's former top-ranked female tennis player.

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