Authorities have ruled that Venus Williams will not face any criminal charges after she was involved in a fatal car crash near her Florida home in June of this year, it has been reported.
Jerome Barson, 78, passed away from injuries sustained in the accident on June 9, with his family filing a wrongful death suit against the tennis champ.
Jerome’s wife, 68-year-old Linda Barson, was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident and suffered broken bones when she crashed into Venus’s SUV.
The Sun-Sentinel newspaper report that although police initially blamed 37-year-old Venus for failing to yield the right-of-way, video evidence later proved that the star had entered the intersection lawfully.
A car that was not involved in the crash forced Venus to stop in the intersection and when a traffic light changed the Barsons’ Sedan crashed into her car, with Jerome being taken to hospital with internal bleeding and organ damage, losing his life 13 days later.
Radar Online previously obtained court documents that saw Venus deny responsibility for his death, countering the lawsuit by claiming that the victim “failed to keep himself safe” as he was not wearing a seatbelt and the Barsons’ vehicle was not kept in a safe condition.
Earlier this year, Venus broke down in tears when she was asked about the accident during her post match interview at Wimbledon.
Speaking about the incident for the first time, the visibly shaken sportswoman said: “There are really no words to describe how devastating and… I’m completely speechless,” Venus’s voice trailed off before she left the room to compose herself with members of her team.