Venus Williams has reportedly been blamed for the collision that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man.
“[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver],” a police report obtained by TMZ allegedly states.
The tennis star was involved in a car wreck Friday, June 9, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., when she attempted to make it through an intersection in her SUV. The report allegedly says Williams was traveling northbound and she told officers a traffic backup caused her to slow down in the intersection. Jerome Barson, the victim of the crash, suffered head trauma when his wife T-boned the SUV when she says it darted out into the intersection. Barson’s wife said she had no time to stop at that moment.
Barson was transported to the hospital and placed in the intensive care unit while his spouse was treated for injuries including broken bones, her attorney Michael Steinger told the website. She survived but her husband did not, dying from his injury on Sunday, June 25.
Police say there is no evidence that Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, was using an electronic device while behind the wheel nor under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Williams has not yet publicly commented on the matter.