Venus Williams Reaches Settlement In Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Fatal Car Crash

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2018

78-year-old Jerome Barson passed away two weeks later from head trauma damages from the accident.

Ms Williams and the family of Jerome Barson reached a settlement last week, court documents show.

No charges were filed against the tennis star and a second driver over the crash in June 2017, Florida authorities said.

While the documents indicated that a settlement had been reached, the terms of the agreement, including any monetary sum, were not disclosed.

His wife, Linda, was driving and was injured when the crash happened at an intersection in Palm Beach Gardens. Barson's husband Jerome, who sat in the passenger seat of Linda's vehicle, died 14 days later from blunt traumatic injuries. Ms Williams, 38, was not hurt.

Celebrity Deaths 2017's Fallen Stars
Celebrity Deaths 2017's Fallen Stars

As she started to cross, a dark sedan cut her off, forcing her to stop.

Once she was able to begin moving forward in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia, she ended up in the path of the Barsons, whose 2016 Hyundai Accent hit the SUV at 40mph. The Barsons' 2016 Hyundai Accent hit Williams' SUV at 40 miles per hour (65 kph).

Mr Dowling said the law required Williams to exit the intersection and that Mrs Barson, 68, was obligated to make sure the intersection was clear - even though she had a green light.

Williams has career on-court earnings of about $40 million, her own clothing line and endorsement deals with Ralph Lauren, Kraft foods, Tide detergent and Wilson sporting goods.

Lawyers for Ms Williams and the Barsons have not yet commented on the latest reports.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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