[This post has been updated with developments reported by the Associated Press.]
If Venus Williams makes her 21st Wimbledon appearance next week, she’ll likely face questions about an incident unrelated to her storied tennis career. On June 9, Williams, according to a police report, was at fault in a car crash in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The passenger in the other vehicle, 78-year-old Jerome Barson, was injured and taken taken to an intensive care unit, where he died Friday, two weeks after the crash.
According to the Associated Press, Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing the crash.
The driver of the other vehicle, a 2016 Hyundai Accent according, was the elderly man’s wife, Linda, according to the report. She reportedly told police that she was approaching an intersection going west, when Williams made a sudden move heading north. She claims to have had no time to react and ended up ramming into Williams’ vehicle. The speed at which the woman, who is being represented by Palm Beach Gardens personal injury attorney Michael Steinger, was driving was not reported.
This is the intersection where TMZ reports Venus Williams crashed on June 9: Northlake BLVD at the entrance to BallenIsles Country Club pic.twitter.com/MdU7CZIZ4P
— Charlie Keegan (@CKeeganWPTV) June 29, 2017
Williams, who was not hurt, told investigators she entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but was forced to stop by traffic ahead of her. She said she did not see the Barsons’s car when she crossed into their lanes.
Neither Steinger nor his representatives immediately returned The Post’s request to comment.
Steinger told TMZ Sports, which first reported the story, that Jerome Barson suffered head trauma in the accident, while his wife sustained broken bones and other injuries.
It’s unclear whether Williams will face any charges. According to the AP, police are still investigating the incident.
Williams, 37, has not commented on the news, which broke early Thursday afternoon.