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Family of man killed files lawsuit against Venus Williams

UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.: Attorney F. Malcolm Cunningham Jr., representing Venus Williams, said he was aware of the lawsuit filed against his client, but he denied to comment further at the moment.

Original story: The family of a man killed in a wreck that they say was caused by tennis star Venus Williams has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her.

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Jerome Barson, 78, died on June 22 because of injuries cased by a crash involving Williams on June 9 in front of the BallenIsles Country Club. A Palm Beach Gardens police report found Williams to be at fault for violating a right of way.

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Now, the deceased’s daughter is suing Williams for the death of her husband, which, she claims in the suit, was caused “as a result of the negligence” of Williams.

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Williams told police she was leaving the Steeplechase community south of BallenIsles and crossing Northlake Boulevard when traffic forced her to stop while blocking a lane outside BallenIsles. That’s when Ester Linda Barson, 68, of The Acreage, who told police she had a green light, T-boned William’s vehicle. Her husband was in the passenger seat and suffered head injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he later died on his wife’s birthday.

Venus Williams of the United States of America reacts during her Women's single match against Elise Mertens of Belgium on day six of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 02, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
Photo: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

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