Venus Williams has been accused of causing a car crash in Florida earlier this month which caused the death of a 78-year-old man.
The former world number one tennis player was in a tight corner after she hit a 78-year-old man in Miami with her four-wheel-drive vehicle in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
While 37-year-old Williams was passing through a crossroads on June 9, Williams also said she was not aware of the Barsons’ car when she crossed the crossroads. The report says Williams was probably driving at the speed of 5 mph.
Jerome Barson and his wife were passing in the crossroads. According to Mrs Barson, Williams’ vehicle darted into their path and hit her husband.
The affected couple had the husband dead in the hospital two weeks after the accident while the wife suffered broken bones, according to gossip site TMZ.
“Mrs. Barson is suffering intense grief and doesn’t know how she will go on,” said Michael Steinger, Linda Barson’s attorney. “Her husband of 35 years was struck by Venus Williams, who was at fault in a car accident, which ultimately resulted in Mr. Barson being hospitalised 14 days with multiple surgeries which resulted in his death.”
Williams’ attorney Malcolm Cunningham, in a statement to CNN, said: “Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was travelling 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.”
“Venus was at fault,” alleged Vivian Gomez, who spoke to The Telegraph on behalf of the Barsons’ lawyer Michael Steinger.
The police investigations did not suggest that Williams was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They also do not think she was distracted by her cell phone.
Major Paul Rogers, Palm Beach Gardens police spokesman, did not reveal whether Williams would face any charges in connection with the car accident and the accident murder, as the investigations are not complete yet.