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WORLD: Venus Williams involved in fatal car crash in Florida

By BBC

_96741624_febd2e05-c90b-4b15-beb0-2edf1df328d1US tennis star Venus Williams has been involved in a car crash that led to the death of a 78-year-old man.

A spokesman for Palm Beach Gardens police in Florida confirmed to the BBC they were investigating a fatal crash involving the Grand Slam champion.

A man was taken to hospital after the accident on 9 June and died two weeks later from his injuries, he said.

According to TMZ, which broke the story, police believe she was at fault but her lawyer says it was an accident.

The man who died, Jerome Barson, was travelling with his wife who was driving their vehicle through an intersection when the collision happened.

Ms Williams’ car suddenly darted into their path and was unable to clear the junction in time due to traffic jams, according to witness statements in a police report obtained by US media.

Mrs Barson was also taken to hospital but survived.

“[Ms Williams] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver],” the report said, adding that there were no other factors like drugs, alcohol or mobile phone distractions.

The 37-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam champion reportedly told police she did not see the couple’s car and she was driving slowly.

Ms Williams’ lawyer Malcolm Cunningham told CNN in a statement: “Ms Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms Williams was travelling at 5mph 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.”

Next week, Ms Williams is due to play her 20th Wimbledon tournament in London, where she is seeded 10th.

Ms Williams and her sister Serena have dominated the women’s game for two decades.

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4 comments

  1. she's an old lady!!!

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  2. i refuse to believe this is a pic of venus williams who is said to be 37 years old. yall dont see how old she look in that pic. are you sure that is her?

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    • Really GW? Can u not see her muscles are contracted or strained cus she is about to hit the ball or just about to hit it hence she appears that way? Clearly its a bad angle and picture...??

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      • how you mean but she looks like a old woman there regardless if her muscles contracting thats why i say it doesnt look like her and after i saw this pic i even goolged her pics to see if they look alike and they look like totally different people

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