Venus Williams to fight a lawsuit claiming she killed a 78-year-old man

By Kim Abrahams
26 July 2017

He succumbed to his injuries two weeks later – on his wife's 68th birthday.

Venus Williams is contesting a wrongful death lawsuit against her, after a car crash – in which the tennis player was involved – killed a 78-year-old man.

Jerome Barson was in the passenger seat, with his wife Linda driving, when their car hit Venus’ in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on 9 June.

Linda suffered broken bones and Jerome was rushed to the hospital with internal bleeding and organ damage.

He succumbed to his injuries two weeks later – on Linda’s 68th birthday.

Initially, Venus was accused by police of jumping the robot and later that month, on 30 June, the family announced that they planned to sue the former Wimbledon champion.

Linda demanded recompense for the loss of companionship, loss of earnings, suffering and medical and funeral expenses.

But on Tuesday, Mail Online obtained documents stating that Venus was contesting the lawsuit.

The 37-year-old blames Jerome’s injuries on the couples’ negligence and the fact that Jerome was not wearing a seatbelt.

She also accused the couple of failing to keep their vehicle in an adequate condition.

The sportswoman now demands the state hand over autopsy reports, Jerome’s death certificate, copies of marriage certificates, tax returns of the past five years, life insurance policies and health insurance policies.

But that’s not all – Venus is also seeking copies of the photos taken of the crash, Jerome’s medical records for the past five years, degrees and diplomas, as well as a list of available tissue, blood or fluid samples from the autopsy.

She’s even requesting a list of doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists seen by Jerome in the 10 years before his death.

"After the initial investigation was conducted, new evidence into the incident was located,” reads a statement from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.

"Video surveillance footage was obtained from a community south of the intersection which recorded the traffic crash.

"Based on the evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation, it has been determined the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal and attempted to travel north through the intersection to Ballen Isles Drive.

"As Williams was traveling through the intersection, a Nissan Altima entered the intersection traveling south, and made a left turn in front of Williams' vehicle, causing her to stop advancing through the intersection to avoid a collision.

"After the Nissan had proceeded past Williams, Williams then started to proceed north through the intersection in accordance with F.S.S. 316.075 (10(a)1.

"The vehicle driven by Linda Barson was traveling west on Northlake Blvd, in the outside lane, approaching a steady red traffic signal.

"The traffic signal then cycled to green, at which time Barson continued westbound and entered the intersection.

"The front end of Baron's vehicle collided with the right front of Williams' vehicle. This updated information, based on new evidence, is still under investigation."


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