Venus Williams was found to be at fault after a June 9 crash in Florida that eventually left one 78-year-old man dead from his injuries. The Palm Beach Garden police said that the tennis star ran a red light in her SUV, causing the crash with Jerome Barson suffering from severe head injuries.
ESPN reports that the family of Barson is planning to sue Williams for her role in the crash after an appearance by the family’s attorney, Michael Steinger, on Good Morning America.
According to the police report filed by police in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, after the accident on June 9, Williams’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV darted into an intersection in Palm Beach Gardens, near her residence. The other driver, identified as Linda Barson, said she could not stop her 2016 Hyundai Accent in time and hit Williams’ car. Barson’s husband, Jerome Barson, was a passenger in her car. Linda Barson also was injured.
“At this point we are attempting to both preserve the evidence and gain access to evidence,” Steinger said. “There were video cameras placed at guard houses where Ms. Williams lives, police have refused after multiple requests to turn those over to us, and we would like to see visual portrayal of the accident on those videos. They have impounded all the vehicles and have impeded our ability to do our investigation and move forward. Not sure what their reasoning is. They have refused to turn them over to us at this point.”
The outlet adds that criminal charges are unlikely for Williams as the investigation hasn’t yielded a result of recklessness or speeding. Williams offered her condolences to the family in a written statement via her attorney.