Venus Williams faulted for fatal accident that led to deaths

Venus Williams faulted for fatal accident that led to deaths

- Venus Williams has been identified for being at fault for a fatal car crash

- The tennis star is expected to compete at Wimbledon which begins next week

- Williams crashed into a car that had a 78-year-old man as the passenger

Tennis star has been identified as being at fault for an accident that killed a 78-year-old in Florida.

The crash which happened on June 9 close to Williams' home in Palm Beach Gardens surfaced in media accounts on Thursday, days before the 37-year-old athlete was planning to compete at Wimbledon, which begins in England next week.

Williams, a former world number one, was said to have failed to yield the right of way to another motorist at a four-way intersection.

Venus Williams faulted for fatal accident that led to deaths

Venus Williams

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A report obtained by Reuters said the other driver, Linda Barson, 68, saw her passenger Jerome Barson, 78 injured in the accident and taken to the Florida trauma center. However the victim died 13 days later.

It was said that Linda "had just entered the intersection on a green light when she reported seeing Williams' sport utility vehicle "cut across in front" of her and "was unable to avoid crashing into" Williams."

A witness who saw the accident told police Barson had a green light when Williams crossed in front of her.

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The tennis star however told police she drove into the intersection after exiting from another street on a green light, but stopped at the median break to wait for cross-traffic to clear, then proceeded without seeing Barson.

The investigation concluded that: "The driver of (Williams' car) is at fault for violating the right of way of".

YEN.com.gh gathered that Williams was traveling at about 5 miles per hour (8 kph) at the time of impact and was not distracted or suspected of any drug or alcohol use.

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Williams is seeded 10th for the upcoming Wimbledon tournament, which she has won five times. She is ranked 11th in the world.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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