Venus Williams has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of a man who died as a result of a car crash in Florida, which she was involved in.
Police revealed their footage of their encounter with the tennis star and she has finally reached a settlement with the family of Jerome Barson according to court documents show, although details of the settlement were not included.
78-year-old Mr Barson, suffered “massive” fatal injuries from the collision in Palm Beach Gardens city on 9 June 2017.
Police had previously cleared Williams of wrongdoing over the crash.
Mr Barson’s wife Linda, who was driving the couple’s vehicle through an intersection when the collision happened, was also earlier cleared by police investigators.
A report into the incident says that an unidentified third vehicle illegally crossed Williams’s path as she tried to move through a busy main road on a green light near her home.
This, the report said, set off a chain of events that ended with the vehicle driven by Linda slamming into the passenger side of Ms Williams’s SUV, the Associated Press reports.
Mr Barson was subsequently taken to hospital but died two weeks later from his injuries.
Police said in an initial report that factors such as drugs, alcohol or mobile phone distractions were not being investigated.
Ms Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, reportedly told police at the time that she had not seen the couple’s car and had been driving slowly.
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
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