Venus Williams in action during her match against Kurumi Nara on day four of the 2017 French Open tennis tournament at Stade Roland Garros.

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Venus Williams Sued for Wrongful Death

Police report: Tennis star was at fault for car crash

Kyle McCann
June 30, 2017 - 4:18 pm

Tennis star Venus Williams is being sued for wrongful death in the aftermath of a fatal car crash she was involved in earlier this month. A police report states Williams was at fault when she entered a Florida intersection on June 9 and was T-boned by another vehicle that had the right of way. The car was being driven by 68-year-old Esther Linda Barson. She and her husband, 78-year-old Jerome Barson were both injured in the crash. Jerome later died from those injuries.

Media outlets are reporting that, according to the Barson family's lawsuit, Williams ran a red light and was driving too fast while distracted. For her part, Williams has maintained that she was stuck in the intersection because of heavy traffic and could have only been driving 5 miles per hour.

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