Venus Williams blamed by police for fatal US car crash

Venus Williams is being investigated over a fatal car crash in the US as she prepares to compete at Wimbledon next week.

Police say the five-time SW19 champion, 37, is to blame for the crash that led to the death of 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who was a passenger in his wife’s car, according to reports.

The 2016 Hyundai Accent and Williams’ SUV collided after the athlete went through a red light in her home town of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9, witnesses reportedly told police.

The Hyundai was being driven by Linda Barson and her husband was put in intensive care where he died two weeks later.

Williams’ lawyer said she expressed her “deepest condolences” but that it was an “unfortunate accident”. She has not been charged over the incident but Palm Beach Gardens police’s Major Paul Rogers said the investigation was continuing.

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