Jerome Barson killed in crash with tennis star Venus Williams in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
The driver of the other car — the wife of the victim — told police she was approaching the intersection when Venus’ northbound SUV suddenly entered the the intersection and that there was no time to stop and she ran into Venus’ vehicle.
"I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident," Williams wrote. "My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers."
A civil complaint filed Friday, days before the revered Wimbledon tournament, claims that Williams was negligent in the June 9 crash near her Florida residence in Palm Beach Gardens.
Tennis star Venus Williams was granted an emergency motion to prevent the inspection of the two vehicles involved in a fatal Palm Beach County crash that police say she caused.
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 BallenIsles Drive.
Investigators say video shows Williams had a green light when she entered a busy intersection but a car turned left in front of her, forcing her to stop. Williams then tried to get fully across but the Barsons’ light turned green and their car slammed into Williams’ SUV.