Tennis star Venus Williams is in a tough legal situation after a deadly car accident she was involved in earlier this month.
On June 9, tennis star Venus Williams was involved in a car accident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, that led to the death of a 78-year-old man named Jerome Barson.
How did it happen? Police say Williams was stuck in an intersection in heavy traffic when Linda Barson, a 68-year-old woman, drove through a green light and clipped Williams' car. Barson was injured. Her husband, also injured, passed away 14 days later in the hospital. Williams was unharmed.
Witnesses say Williams drove through a red light before reaching the intersection. Barson says she saw Williams "dart in front of her" before the accident.
Police have found Williams to be "at fault" for the accident. That being said, she hasn't been cited or charged with a crime. Here's more, via Sports Illustrated:
Although police note that Williams’ violated “the right of way” of Linda Barson, Williams has not been cited with a traffic offense or charged with a crime. Further, there is no evidence that alcohol, drugs or cell phone distraction played any role in the accident. Instead, it appears to be a relatively simple but tragic case of Williams getting stuck in an intersection and, as a consequence, unintentionally blocking traffic for cars in a lane that had a green light.
So, could she still face consequences?
She could. Jail time is possible too, but it's unlikely.
Williams could be hit with a citation. She could also be charged with a more serious offense - like vehicular homicide. According to SI, that would carry a maximum 15-year prison sentence. But it's unlikely, based on the situation here. She was driving approximately five miles per hour and wasn't intoxicated.
Williams will likely face a civil suit for wrongful death, and likely figure out a way to settle it out of court. We'll keep you updated on the situation.