Venus Williams granted emergency order in wrongful death lawsuit

Rebecca Barbier
Julho 7, 2017

Venus Williams obtained an emergency protective order Wednesday in the lawsuit filed against her after a fatal auto crash.

The family of the 78-year-old is suing Venus Williams claiming she is liable for his death after a auto crash in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9.

The court has scheduled a hearing on the matter at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Palm Beach County Courthouse.

Williams, 37, filed the emergency protective order on Wednesday claiming that the daughter of Jerome Barson, the man who died in the crash, gave Williams' lawyer less than 24 hours notice that her attorney would be inspecting a vehicle involved in the incident.

Williams is now in London competing in the Wimbledon tennis championships and is not expected in court.

The concern is that the planned download by Barson attorney Michael Steinger could fail and the data would be lost, argued attorney Kevin Yombor of Fort Lauderdale.

Yombor asked for the judge to approve a joint inspection.

"The on-board data of both vehicles will be critical evidence". "The actions taken by Plaintiff should not occur until ... a procedure is in place to ensure that the data of each vehicle is properly collected".

Footage shows Venus Williams approaching the intersection in her Toyota Sequoia
SUPPLIED Footage shows Venus Williams approaching the intersection in her Toyota Sequoia

Williams, who is now competing at Wimbledon, has not been cited with any traffic violations and police say the crash remains under investigation.

Williams, uninjured, was not ticketed or charged in the crash.

Attorneys for the Barson estate could not be reached for comment Thursday despite attempts by email and phone. Shortly after 1 p.m that day, the Barsons' auto collided with Williams' SUV at Northlake Boulevard and BallenIsles Drive.

Linda Barson also required hospitalization after she suffered "a cracked sternum, shattered right arm, broken right wrist, hand and fingers", according to the lawsuit filed by Steinger.

According to the police collision report obtained by ABC News, Williams was "at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]". Issues have been known to arise when a vehicle's data is downloaded.

In the news conference, Williams said: "Tennis is still the love of my life". She claimed that she entered on a green light but was unable to continue through the intersection because of stopped traffic in front of her.

Williams has not filed her response to the lawsuit, but in the court papers she is accused of failing to yield the right of way to the Barsons and speeding through a red traffic light, which resulted in the fatal collision and left the couple's Hyundai auto "crushed".

While discussing her first-round victory at Wimbledon on Monday, Williams broke down after reporters asked a question about the crash. "I'm completely speechless. It's just - yeah, I mean, I'm just ..." her voice trailed off, before she rushed out of the conference.

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