April 14, 2024

Open Court


No fault found in Venus Williams crash

The Palm Beach Police have released an 18-page report on the car crash involving Venus Williams last July.

And according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, neither Williams nor the driver of the other car, Linda Barson, were found to be at fault. 

Therefore, no charges will be filed.

“Based upon this investigation and relevant Florida state statutes, no charges will be filed in this case,” the Sun-Sentinel reports, citing the police report. “The investigative report concluded that neither Barson nor Williams violated the other’s right of way… The unknown dark-colored vehicle… started a sequence of events resulting in (Barson) crashing into (Williams),” the report said.

Jerome Barson, the 78-year-old passenger in the other car, was admitted to hospital. He died about two weeks later.

At last word, the civil suit filed by Barson’s family against Williams is ongoing.

The determination of lack of fault by the police – and the mitigating factor that the third vehicle has not been found, its driver still unknown – probably doesn’t help the civil case much.

More here from the Sun-Sentinel.

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