Blamed In Fatal Car Crash

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Venus Williams (pictured this month in Paris) has been blamed by police for causing the June 9 auto crash that claimed the life of a 78-year-old man. The driver of the other auto told officers Williams' vehicle "suddenly darted into the intersection" and she had no time to stop before T-boning Williams.

Another auto then T-boned Williams' SUV, injuring the driver and her husband.

TMZ reports that Jerome Barson, 78, was a passenger in a auto that hit Williams's SUV when her vehicle was in an intersection against a traffic signal. "But the report allegedly said: "(Williams) is at fault for violating the right of way of (the other driver)".

"Many vehicular manslaughter cases involve allegations that the drivers was intoxicated".

There is no indication Williams was intoxicated or distracted by her phone, police said.


Williams told police at the scene that she was attempting to cross the intersection but traffic was congested, forcing her to slow down while still driving in the intersection.

The victim, Jerome Barson, was transported to the hospital, suffering from head trauma. Williams also said she did not see the Barsons' auto when she crossed the intersection. The wife's attorney Michael Steinger told the outlet she survived broken bones and other scrapes.

According to TMZ, authorities blame Venus for the accident. "This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one".

Williams, 37, is expected to play in Wimbledon next week. ET has reached out to her reps for comment.

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