According to a newly-released police report, tennis star Venus Williams is at fault in a deadly crash in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, that killed a 78-year-old man. The crash occurred in June when Williams was behind the wheel of a Toyota Sequoia, exiting Steeplechase Dr. northbound, before colliding with another vehicle, according to the crash report.
The crash killed 78-year-old Jerome Barson of West Palm Beach and the report states Williams is at fault for violating the right of way. She reportedly told officers on the scene that she did not see the other vehicle when she crossed Northlake Blvd., but Barson’s wife told investigators that she was slowing for a red light when it turned green and proceeded through the intersection.
CBS12 reached out to Barson's family, who lives in West Palm Beach, but they declined to comment. They did, however, issue the following statement:
"[Barson’s widow] is extremely distraught and heartbroken; she was married to him for over 35 years."
Representatives for Venus Williams sent out the following statement to the media.
"Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 miles per hour 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 expressed her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one," attorney Malcolm Cunningham said.