Venus Williams found at fault in fatal car accident


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WASHINGTON — Tennis star Venus Williams has been found at fault for a car accident that caused the death of a passenger in another vehicle, US media reported Thursday.

A 78-year-old man was injured in the June 9 accident in Florida and died from his injuries two weeks later, broadcaster CNN reported.

The victim, Jerome Barson, was being driven by his wife Linda through an intersection when Williams cut in front of their car.

Linda Barson was unable to stop and crashed into Williams’ car.

Williams, who was estimated to be driving at 8 kph, said she did not see the other car, CNN reported, citing a police report of the incident.

“(Williams) is at fault for violating the right of way of (the Barsons),” the report said.

According to a statement from William’s lawyer, the 37-year-old did not receive any citations or traffic violations for the incident.

“This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolence to the family who lost a loved one,” the statement added.

Williams was defeated by her younger sister Serena in the Australian Open final in January and is among the favorites for the upcoming Wimbledon tournament.