Tennis superstar Venus Williams is in big trouble
She was just found responsible for a Florida car crash that took the life of a 78-year-old man. The accident left Jerome Barson, 78, with a severe head trauma. He was hospitalized and died two weeks later in intensive care from his injuries. This happened back on June 9th. Barson’s wife told the police that she T-boned Venus’ SUV while traveling westbound in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Williams abruptly surged into an intersection going northbound and this was the result of that move.
“(Williams) is at fault for violating the right of way of (the other driver),” the police report allegedly stated. Venus said the crash was due to heavy traffic that left her jutting out into the intersection. It is not believed that she was distracted by texting or that any drugs or alcohol were involved.
Barson’s wife was also put in the hospital over this incident with injuries. She sustained a number of broken bones, including a broken sternum,
but will survive. The Barson family is now suing Venus Williams over the accident. Williams described the calamity as an ‘unfortunate accident’. Perhaps that was not the best choice of words here. It sounds cold and uncaring and won’t help her case at all. A spokesman for the Barson family said, “The amount of pain the family is feeling right now is enormous.” I can only imagine.
The Barsons are now seeking unspecified damages for the loss of companionship for both Linda and their family, loss of earnings, pain, and suffering, and medical and funeral expenses. The wife says that Venus’ SUV darted into the intersection and there was no time to stop or avoid the collision. The impact was so severe that their car was crushed, the front windshield was shattered, the airbags deployed, the driver’s side on the rear was crushed and the back window was shattered. I’m surprised either one of them survived that.
Williams claims she was trying to get across the intersection, but traffic had slowed to a crawl and was backed up. That left her stranded, sticking out in the middle of the intersection. A police diagram of the accident shows Williams’ car in the middle of the intersection with the Barson’s car hitting the side of the SUV.
The couple was married for 33 years. Jerome Barson sadly died on his birthday.
Venus’ attorney released a statement last night stating: “This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.” She was allegedly going 5 mph when hit by Barson and was not given a ticket or charged. Venus is due to compete at Wimbledon next week. This is not the first time she’s run afoul of the law while driving either. In September of 2009, she was stopped in a Mercedes-Benz by the Jupiter Police Department and cited for driving with no proof of her insurance. Venus was issued a $116 fine, which was increased to $139 in December due to a late payment. On July 3rd, 2013, her Toyota was involved in a crash on I-95 in Palm Beach County and was cited for driving on a suspended or revoked license. Her license was suspended on May 8th, 2013, for failure to pay fines. She paid a $163 fine after that incident.
Since Williams has now been found at fault, this could lead to a VERY expensive lawsuit. Perhaps in the seven figure range. I’m confused why she was not ticketed or charged at the scene. And I bet she competes next week like this never happened. Just tragic.