On Wednesday, Venus Williams filed an emergency court order in the wrongful death case involving the tennis star. Williams is facing a wrongful death lawsuit in the death of 78 year old Jerome Barson. Barson died as a result of injuries sustained from a car crash June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. According to initial police reports, Venus Williams was at fault for violating the right of way of the other driver. Witnesses told police at the scene that Williams ran the stop light at the six lane intersection. A hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow. Venus Williams in the mean time has filed a court order asking the court to bar any inspection or collection of evidence from Barson’s vehicle until the court has established a “proper procedure” and her lawyers are present.
“There are no words to describe, like, how devastating and…. yeah, I’m completely speechless”, Williams in tears told reporters on Monday. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Barson’s daughter and the family is seeking over $15,000 in damages. Barson, who was a passenger in the car, was taken to a local hospital where he died two weeks later. There were no signs of alcohol or drugs use nor any indication that Williams was on a cell phone.
Venus is currently competing in the Wimbledon Tournament and her next match is scheduled for tomorrow morning against Naomi Osaka of Japan. Williams started the tournament appearing drained and off beat, losing the first set to China’s Qian Wang. The five-time All England champ quickly snapped back to the world champion that she is, winning 90 percent of her points on the first serve. Williams smiled and waved to the crowd as she exited with the victory.
The 37 year old champion will be facing a bigger battle in the court room over the next few months. Right now she is focused on brining home a Wimbledon win.