Venus be­ing sued after fa­tal crash

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Terry Spencer

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.» Ten­nis star Venus Wil­liams is be­ing sued by the es­tate of a Florida man who died after a car crash po­lice said she caused.

An at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily of Jerome Bar­son, 78, filed the law­suit Fri­day in Palm Beach County Cir­cuit Court, seek­ing un­spec­i­fied dam­ages. The law­suit came one day after Palm Beach Gar­dens po­lice re­leased a re­port say­ing Wil­liams caused the June 9 crash that left Bar­son with a frac­tured spine and nu­mer­ous in­ter­nal in­juries. He died June 22.

At­tor­ney Michael Steinger ac­cuses Wil­liams, 37, of run­ning a red light, fail­ing to yield the right-of-way, inat­ten­tive driv­ing and neg­li­gent op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. He said Bar­son, a re­tired teacher who had moved to South Florida from Philadel­phia in 1975, had been in good health and pre­par­ing to go on a Dis­ney cruise with his wife of 33 years, Linda, three chil­dren and 13 grand­kids.

He said Linda Bar­son, who suf­fered sev­eral frac­tures to her right arm and hand in the crash, is “phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally dev­as­tated.”

“This was the love of her life that she spent ev­ery day with. They did ev­ery­thing to­gether,” Steinger said.

Wil­liams’ at­tor­ney, Mal­colm Cun­ning­ham, did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to an in­quiry. He was quoted as say­ing only that he was aware of the law­suit. Wil­liams has not been cited or charged. Po­lice said she was not drunk, on drugs or tex­ting, but that she drove into the Bar­sons’ path.

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