Seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, is to blame for a fatal car crash. The crash took the life of a 78-year-old elderly man in Palm Beach County, Florida on June 9.
Jerome Barson, the passenger, was sent to the ICU with head trauma, but died two weeks later. According to the police report acquired from TMZ, his wife said Williams “suddenly darted into the intersection” and had no time to stop before T-boning Williams’ SUV. Barson’s wife, the driver, suffered broken bones and some other injuries.
Officers at the scene noted that Williams was not under the influence nor was she distracted by an electronic device. Williams also informed officers that she was trying to go through the intersection, but traffic ahead slowed her up causing her to be in the middle of the intersection.
The officers also stated via the police report that “Venus is at fault for violating the right of the way of the other driver.”
Venus Williams was cited for other traffic violations in the past, once in 2011 and the other in 2013. In 2011, she was stopped by Jupiter Police Department for driving without proof of insurance. Another incident was in 2013 when she was involved in a car crash on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County. Williams was issued an infraction for driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Williams is preparing to play next week at Wimbledon in London.