Venus Williams reached a settlement in the wrongful death case where she was found in fault for causing a car crash that resulted in a man’s death.
According to TMZ, Williams paid the family of Jerome Barson, but no word on the amount. Williams was in an accident in Florida in 2017 and found at fault after her car was T-boned while entering an intersection on a red light. The wife of the victim sued the tennis star for wrongful death.
After the wreck, which took place on June 9, Williams told police she was “caught in the middle” of the intersection when another car turned in front of her. She had to stop to avoid hitting the other car. That’s when the Barsons T-boned her after they went through a green light.
According to police, the car violated Williams’ right of way. They spoke to the driver, but police said they would not file charges against that car either.
According to video footage of the accident, Williams was pulling into the intersection when she stopped as a car turned left in front of her. Michael Steinger, the attorney for the family, claimed that Williams was speeding as she tried to clear the intersection.
Barson died as a result of severe injuries. He suffered internal bleeding, organ damage and a fractured spine.
In July 2017, Williams addressed the tragic accident in a statement that she posted on Facebook.
“I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident,” she wrote. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”