Venus Williams Was Allegedly Involved In A Deadly Car Crash
TMZ reports that tennis star Venus Williams was allegedly involved in a car crash on June 9 resulting in injuries that later lead to a man's death. TMZ claims to have obtained a police report which states that Williams was driving in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida when she allegedly caused an accident in an intersection. According to the report, the other driver told police that Williams pulled into the intersection as the other driver was going through, leaving the driver no time to stop and causing her to T-bone Williams' vehicle. Bustle has reached out to reps for Williams for comment and to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
UPDATE: The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department has confirmed with Bustle that Williams was involved in a "traffic crash" on June 9, and that the passenger in the other car died in the hospital on June 22. The police department did not release further information at this time.
EARLIER: TMZ also reports that Williams claimed to police that she was trying to make it through the intersection, but with traffic backed up, her vehicle was left exposed.
Reportedly, the other driver's husband, Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old man, was in the car with her and suffered head trauma and was taken to the ICU, where he died two weeks later.
According to TMZ, the police report states that "[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]." The publication also reports that the police report states that there was no evidence Williams was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or that she was distracted by an electronic device.