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Venus Williams Blamed In Car Crash That Killed 78-Year-Old Man

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Venus Williams is being blamed for a fatal car crash, according to a new report.

A police report obtained by TMZ Sports says the 37-year-old tennis star was trying to make it through an intersection in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9. Traffic was backed up and she got stuck in the middle of the intersection, blocking oncoming cars.

Another car then T-boned Williams’ SUV, injuring the driver and her husband. The woman was hospitalized with broken bones and other injuries, but her husband Jerome Barson suffered head trauma and died two weeks later.

According to the report, Williams “is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]” in the auto accident. The driver, who has not been named, said Williams’ SUV “suddenly darted into the intersection” and she didn’t have time to stop before the collision.

The New York Post reports there is no evidence Williams was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There is also no evidence of cellphone use or other distracted driving.

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, has not publicly commented on the case.

According to, she has a residence in Palm Beach Gardens, where she also trains.

Williams, the older sister of fellow tennis star Serena Williams, is expected to play at Wimbledon next week. It’s unclear if she suffered any injuries in the crash.
Serena, 35, is currently off the pro tour as she’s pregnant with her first child

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