Venus Williams has taken a man’s life by mistake and may be facing charges for manslaughter.
The famous tennis star was involved in a car crash which, although still under investigations by police, is believed to be her fault.
Image: Venus Williams
The 78-year-old victim has been confirmed dead, according to a police report released to TMZ.
Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) police spokesperson Paul Rogers confirmed to USA Today that the security agency is investigating the fatal crash which occurred on 9 June.
Jerome Barson was with his wife when they crashed on Venus Williams’ car. He died on 22 June after suffering grave injuries from the accident although he was rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency services immediately after the crash, ABC News confirmed.
Venus was found at fault for the incident, according to the report from TMZ.
The victim suffered head trauma and was kept in ICU for 14 days before he died.
“This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” said Malcolm Cunningham, an attorney for the famous tennis player.
Linda Barson, a surviving occupant and driver of the vehicle, told police in a statement that the traffic light had shown green when she moved her vehicle just as Venus approached the intersection on high speed.
However, the 37-year-old tennis icon contradicted that statement, saying she was already at the middle of the T-junction due to traffic congestion, and did not see anyone when she moved again.
Image: Venus Williams
“Venus Williams is at fault for violating the right of way of the other driver,” the police report reads.
Malcolm was grateful that the authorities did not give his client a ticket or booking for traffic violations.
In his official statement, the attorney said, “Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light.
“The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 miles per hour when Mrs. Barson crashed into her,” he added.
There was no evidence that any of the drivers were under the influence of an intoxicant, police noted, adding that both did not appear to be using electronic devices which could have caused distraction at the time of that crash.
Investigations into the matter are underway.