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Report: Venus Williams Cleared Of Criminal Charges In The Fatal Car Accident That Killed A 78-Year-Old Man

Venus Williams was involved in a fatal car crash back in June. It left an elderly man dead

The whole thing was super tragic.

Well, she just learned what charges she would actually be facing. 

The tennis star was badly shaken after a June 9 car accident near her home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 

The wreck caused the death of a 78-year-old man named Jerome Barson, who was a passenger in a car that hit her. He was hospitalized with critical injuries before passing away several weeks later. Police initially believed that Venus had been at fault for violating his right of way.
But now it seems that she is off the hook. Whew.

A police investigation has determined that she was not at fault in the accident. But neither was Barson’s wife, who was at the wheel when she T-boned their Hyundai accident into Venus’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia after she entered an intersection.

The driver, Barson’s wife, also went to the hospital after the incident, where she was treated for broken bones and other injuries. Her attorney, Michael Steinger, previously shared that she has been able to make a full recovery.

At the time of the crash, TMZ reported that Venus claimed she was caught in the middle of the intersection because another car, a Nissan Altima, had pulled in front of her, causing her to slow down to 5 MPH. And…according to surveillance camera video footage that is exactly what happened, actually.

So, the 3rd driver violated the Venus’ right of way and Barson hit her, when the vehicle he was in legally went through the intersection when the stoplight turned green.

Barson’s family has since filed a civil lawsuit against Venus, alleging wrongful death and seeking damaged in excess of $15,000. She was even deposed in the case on November 9. 

It’s not completely clear how this development will affect the suit overall though.

Venus previously spoke up about the incident, writing, “I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

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