Venus Williams cleared over fatal car crash

Venus Williams will not face any criminal charges related to a fatal June traffic accident she was involved in near her Florida home, police said on Wednesday.

Jerome Barson, 78, died from injuries sustained when his wife Linda’s car collided with the tennis star’s vehicle in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9.

A police report released on Wednesday cleared both Williams and Mrs Barson over the incident.

An investigation found that Williams had a green light when she entered a busy intersection before a car turning left in front of her forced her to stop.

Williams then tried to drive across but the Barsons’ light turned green and their car slammed into the SUV driven by Williams.

Mr Barson died 13 days later from injuries including severed arteries, organ damage and a fractured spine. The Barson family attorney said police were wrong and that they would sue Ms Williams.

Williams broke down when quizzed about the crash during a Wimbledon press conference last summer.

“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and – yeah. I’m completely speechless,” she said.

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