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Venus Williams settles fatal car crash lawsuit

UNDISCLOSED DAMAGES: The terms of the settlement that Venus Williams agreed to have not been publicly shared

VENUS WILLIAMS has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of the man who died after the car he was in crashed into the tennis champion.

According to the investigation into the incident, Williams was driving on a busy six-lane road near her home in Florida when an vehicle illegally drove in front of her. As a result of the unidentified driver’s manoeuvre, Williams was put into the path of another car which crashed into the passenger side of her own.

Jerome Barson, 78, a passenger in the car that smashed into Williams on June 9 2017, suffered serious injuries including internal bleeding and organ damage. He was taken to hospital but died 13 days after the accident.

His wife, Linda, the driver, suffered a number of injuries including a cracked sternum, broken arm and wrist.

After the incident, Williams posted on Facebook: “I am [devastated] and heartbroken by this accident. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

Williams did not have any physical injuries after the accident but emotionally it took its toll.

During a Wimbledon press conference, the 38-year-old broke down in tears when asked about the crash. She became too upset to continue answering questions and left the room.

Like Linda Barson, Williams had been cleared of wrongdoing in relation to the crash by the authorities but Barson’s family disagreed with the police’s findings.

They filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tennis star last year. The damages received and the terms of the settlement are unknown.

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