Global tennis sensation, Venus Williams, has been involved in a car accident that led to the death of a 78-year-old man.
A spokesman for the police in Florida State confirmed the incident to the BBC, saying they were investigating a fatal crash involving the Grand Slam champion.
According to statements by eye witnesses, the man who died, Jerome Barson, was travelling with his wife who was driving their vehicle when Venus Williams’ car suddenly darted into their path and was unable to clear the junction in time; thereby, leading to the auto crash.
“[Venus Williams] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver],” the BBC report said, adding that there were no other factors like drugs, alcohol or mobile phone distractions.
However, the 37-year-old tennis star reportedly told police she did not see the couple’s car and she was driving slowly.
Similarly, her lawyer, Malcolm Cunningham, told CNN: “Ms Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms Williams was travelling at 5mph when Mrs Barson crashed into her.”
“Police authorities did not issue Ms Williams with any citations or traffic violations. This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” he said.