Venus Williams' attorney: 'Fatal vehicle crash was an unfortunate accident'

Venus Williams' attorney: 'Fatal vehicle crash was an unfortunate accident'

Venus Williams' attorney: 'Fatal vehicle crash was an unfortunate accident'

Just as the dead man's family attorney had warned, they have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against tennis legend Venus Williams for the auto crash that took the life of the 78-year-old man.

The sportswoman hit headlines on Thursday (29Jun17) when it emerged Jerome Barson had died on 22 June (17), two weeks after he was hospitalised with head trauma following a collision with Williams' SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) in Palm Beach Gardens on 9 June (17).

Williams, preparing to make her 20th appearance at Wimbledon next week, is said to have cut across the auto while driving through an intersection in Palm Beach Gardens city.

Williams' attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

Williams claims that she entered the intersection while the light was green, but had to stop due to the traffic in front of her.

Williams, 37, is a seven-time Grand Slam champion who won five Wimbledon titles from 2000 to 2008 plus the 2000 and 2001 US Opens.

Civil court documents filed on Friday by the couple's daughter Audrey Gassner-Dunayer in Palm Beach County allege Williams was "driving carelessly and recklessly" which "led to the catastrophic injuries and death of Jerome Barson". She reportedly violated the victim's right of way while driving through a busy intersection in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Ms Williams also said she did not see the Barsons' auto when she crossed the intersection.

The suit included the apparent damage to the Barsons' 2016 Hyundai Accent and Williams' 2010 Toyota Sequoia with "both vehicles towed from the scene of the wreck".

Tennis star, Venus Williams apart from showing remorse for the fatal accident involving her vehicle in Palm Beach Florida, also has something also emotional on her mind.

His wife went to the hospital with broken bones and other injuries.

Linda Barson's attorney, Michael Steinger, released a statement regarding the crash. "The police report estimates that Ms Williams was travelling at 5 miles per hour when Mrs Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms Williams with any citations or traffic violations".

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