Au­topsy re­veals blunt-force trauma

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Ryan Van Velzer Staff writer

An au­topsy re­port re­leased Thurs­day de­tails the in­juries that killed a 78-year-old West Palm Beach man af­ter the car he was rid­ing in col­lided with ten­nis star Venus Wil­liams’ SUV in June.

Jerome Bar­son was ad­mit­ted to the hospi­tal with lac­er­a­tions to his spleen, pelvic and spinal frac­tures. While there, he de­vel­oped multi-or­gan fail­ure and re­mained in the in­ten­sive care unit un­til his death 13 days af­ter the crash, ac­cord­ing to the au­topsy.

The of­fi­cial cause of death was com­pli­ca­tions in­volv­ing blunt force trauma be­cause of the ac­ci­dent, the med­i­cal ex­am­iner ruled.

Bar­son was a pas­sen­ger in a 2016 Hyundai Ac­cent driven by his wife. The car col­lided with Wil­liams, 37, as she waited in an in­ter­sec­tion in Palm Beach Gar­dens on June 9th.

Footage re­leased in July, showed Wil­liams was cut off by a left-turn­ing Nis­san Al­tima as she passed through the in­ter­sec­tion, caus­ing her to stop mo­men­tar­ily.

Bar­son and his wife drove into the in­ter­sec­tion when the light turned green, hit­ting Wil­l­liams.

An ini­tial po­lice re­port in­di­cated Wil­liams was at fault, but then po­lice re­leased the video footage of the crash in July show­ing that Wil­liams law­fully en­tered the in­ter­sec­tion, ac­cord­ing to a Palm Beach Gar­dens po­lice press re­lease.

Bar­son’s fam­ily has filed a wrong­ful death law­suit against Wil­liams, who was not in­jured in the col­li­sion.

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