Venus Williams caused a car crash this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report released on Thursday, June 29th.
Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a crash in June 9th. This injured 79-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later.
The report says a Hyundai Accent driven by Barson’s wife, Linda, crashed into the side of Williams’ SUV. Linda Barson told investigators she was approaching the intersection when her light turned green and she was unable to stop in time. Linda Barson suffered unspecified moderate injuries. Williams, who turned 37 on June 17th, was not hurt.
The tennis player told investigators she entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but had been forced to stop midpoint by traffic ahead of her. She said she did not see the Barsons’ car while crossing into their lanes.
The crash remains under investigation. Williams, who has a residence in Palm Beach Gardens, has not been cited or charged. The report says the former world No1 was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She has been cited in Palm Beach County, FL, for driving without proof of insurance in 2011 and for driving with a suspended license in 2013.
She has won seven Grand Slam singles titles, and is expected to play in her 20th Wimbledon starting Monday. She is seeded No. 10. Williams has had her greatest success there: she has won the singles title five times, most recently in 2008. Last year, she reached the semifinals, her best result at the tournament since 2009.
Last week, Williams spoke at a leadership conference in Sydney, Australia. It’s unknown if she has yet traveled to Britain for Wimbledon. She did not attend Thursday night’s WTA pre-Wimbledon party in London.