Venus Williams was reportedly involved in a car crash on June 9 that later killed the passenger in the other car.
According to police reports, Williams’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV hit another car at an intersection near her home in Palm Beach Gardens. She hit another car, which was being driven by a woman and had the woman’s 78-year-old husband in the passenger seat.
The husband, Jerome Barson, died two weeks later after suffering trauma from the car crash. His wife, Linda Barson, suffered injuries but survived.
Police found Williams at fault for the car crash, for violating the right of way of the Barsons’ car. Williams has not been charged, and police say there was no evidence that she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Williams reportedly told police that she was driving through the intersection but to slow down because of a traffic backup, leaving her car exposed in the intersection.
The tennis star released a statement through her lawyer on Friday (June 29).
“Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light,” said attorney Malcolm Cunningham said, according to TMZ.
“The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 mph when Mrs. Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations.”
“This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”