Venus Williams Sued For Wrongful Death
Venus Williams has been slapped with a wrongful death suit over a deadly car accident that killed a 78-year-old man and left his wife severely injured.
The lawsuit claims the tennis star was driving too fast while distracted and caused the horrific wreck on June 9 in Palm Beach County.
Venus broke the law on June 9 by entering an intersection in Palm Beach County, and she failed to yield the right of way, blew through a red light, drove too fast while distracted, and recklessly created a situation where the accident was unavoidable … this according to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.
TMZ Sports broke the story, 78-year-old Jerome Barson, a passenger in the car, died 14 days after the accident. Barson’s wife, Linda, who was driving the Hyundai, was severely injured. According to the suit, the impact was so severe their car was “crushed, the front windshield shattered, the airbags deployed, there was crush damage to the rear on the driver’s side, and the back window was shattered.”
Jerome suffered massive internal bleeding, a fractured spine and massive internal organ damage. He was transported to an ICU unit where he lingered and died June 22. Linda, who survived, suffered a cracked sternum and multiple broken bones.
According to the suit, filed by the estate’s attorney, Michael Steinger, the Barsons were married for more than 33 years … and Linda watched her husband die on her 68th birthday.
The suit seeks unspecified damages for loss of companionship for both Linda and their family, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and medical and funeral expenses.
Venus’ attorney says she was driving 5 miles per hour and entered the intersection when the light was green.
Such a terrible situation all the way around.