Venus Wil­liams, 2017

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - ROYAL TRIBUTE -

It was the scan­dal that wasn’t – ear­lier this year, for­mer women’s num­ber one Venus Wil­liams was ac­cused of caus­ing a car crash that re­sulted in the death of a pas­sen­ger in the car she hit. But weeks later she was cleared of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

On June 9, Venus was driv­ing her SUV through an in­ter­sec­tion in Florida, when another car col­lided with Venus’ ve­hi­cle.

Seventy-eight-year-old pas­sen­ger Jerome Bar­son suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and died in hospi­tal two weeks later, leav­ing an un­in­jured Venus dis­traught.

“There are re­ally no words to de­scribe how dev­as­tat­ing it is – I’m com­pletely speech­less,” Venus said at a press con­fer­ence at Wim­ble­don a few days after the crash.

Venus was ini­tially ac­cused of run­ning a red light and was sued for wrong­ful death by the es­tate of the de­ceased. How­ever, CCTV ev­i­dence came to light that proved the ten­nis star was “driv­ing legally” and she was cleared of any wrong­do­ing.

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