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Venus Williams Blames Seat Belt, Car Engine For Fatal Crash

Written By: SD Reporter

Venus Williams has refuted the claims that she is responsible for the death of an elderly man and the severe injuries to his wife that occurred during a car wreck at a Palm Beach, Fla., intersection.

The tennis star is being sued by the estate of Jerome Barson for his wrongful death and for the injuries caused to his wife, Linda.

In the response, Williams said the fact that because one person wasn’t wearing their seat belt, the risk of injury was greater, according to court documents obtained by the Daily Mail.

Williams’ counter also states the couple’s car was not properly maintained, which meant the car wasn’t safe to drive and not in good condition.

Jerome Barson died from his injuries two weeks after the crash. Linda Barson also suffered from a crack sternum, a shattered right arm, broken right wrist, hand, and fingers, according to the estate lawsuit.

However, Williams is asking that Linda Barson’s injuries be omitted from the lawsuit because they are “immaterial” and “impertinent” in the case.

Williams is also asking that the Barsons turn over all autopsy reports, death certificate, copies of marriage certificates, tax returns for past five years, life insurance policies and health insurance policies, among other legal documents.

A Florida judge ruled earlier this month that Williams won’t face criminal charges since she legally entered the intersection.

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