News from Aljazeera says that former tennis world number one Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report but her attorney denied the player was at fault.
Palm Beach Gardens police said witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a June 9 crash that injured 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later.
Williams’s attorney Malcolm Cunningham denied the player had driven through a red light.
“Ms Williams entered the intersection on a green light,” Cunningham said in a statement about the accident, which happened near Williams’ home in Palm Beach Gardens.
“The police report estimates that Ms Williams was traveling at 5mph when Mrs Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms Williams with any citations or traffic violations,” he said.
The report said a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Barson’s wife, Linda, crashed into the side of Williams’ SUV.
Linda told investigators she was approaching the intersection when her light turned green and that she was unable to stop in time.