Venus Williams Won’t Be Charged in Fatal Car Accident
The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department told E! News, “Based upon this investigation and relevant Florida State Statutes, no charges will be filed in this case.”
On June 9, Williams was involved in a collision with Jerome Barson and his wife on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The 78-year-old man died two weeks later after being taken to the ICU with head trauma. The victim’s wife (who suffered broken bones and other injuries) was behind the wheel and approaching an intersection when the tennis pro’s 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV moved into the intersection at the same time.
A previous police report said that Williams was being held responsible for the accident, with a portion of the report stating, “[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver].”
However, today’s final report found that neither Serena Williams‘ sister nor the Barsons, who t-boned the sports star, violated the other’s right of way.
According to today’s official report, “This crash occurred on Friday, June 9th,2017, at approximately 1:13 pm…at its intersection with Ballenisles Drive/Steeplechase Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County, Florida. This was a crash involving two motor vehicles. There were three people involved. Two people were transported to St Mary’s Medical Center, for injuries sustained in the crash, one of whom later died on June 22nd, 2017.”
The report also states that neither lighting nor weather were a factor in the crash.
On June 30, Williams spoke out on Facebook, writing, “I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”
Moments before the accident occurred, Serena’s team alleges that the driver “in breach and violation of the duties owed to those on the road, completed an improper left-hand-turn in front and in violation of the right of way of the vehicle operated by Ms. Williams causing her to slow and stop in order to avoid contact.”
The documents go on to state, “as a direct and proximate result of the negligence and breach of duty by the operator of the sedan, the vehicle operated by Linda A. Barson subsequently impacted the vehicle driven by Ms. Williams.”
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We’ve reached out to Williams’ attorney for comment.