Venus Williams has been sued by the family of an elderly man who died in a car crash allegedly caused by the tennis star which she described as an ‘unfortunate accident’.
The crash happened on June 9 and a Palm Beach Gardens police report said Miss Williams was ‘at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver].’
The Grand Slam champion was trying to get across a junction when she was hit from the side by another car.
Jerome Barson, 78, was a passenger being driven by his wife Linda and suffered serious head injuries.
He was taken to hospital but died two weeks later on June 23.
The family are now seeking unspecified damages for loss of companionship for both Linda and their family, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and medical and funeral expenses.
Mr Barson’s wife said Miss Williams’ SUV ‘suddenly darted’ into the intersection and there was no time to stop before she crashed into the side of the tennis star’s vehicle.
According to the lawsuit, the impact was so severe their car was ‘crushed, the front windshield shattered, the airbags deployed, there was crush damage to the rear on the driver’s side, and the back window was shattered.’
TMZ said Miss Williams told police she was trying to get across the junction but traffic was backed up and she had to slow down to a crawl, leaving her stranded in the middle of the junction.
Mr Barson was taken to the intensive care unit but died two weeks later.
By Thomas Burrows
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