Florida Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Venus Williams After Car Accident

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2018 - The family of a man who died after a car crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against tennis superstar Venus Williams, the other driver involved in the accident.

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“As with any wrongful death lawsuit, if the defendant was negligent and that negligence caused the death, then the family should be entitled to compensation,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in the case.

The accident took place June 9 near Williams’ Palm Beach Gardens, Florida neighborhood, when Williams’ Toyota SUV was struck by a Hyundai Accent driven by Linda Barson, 68. The crash caused severe injuries to Barson’s passenger, Jerome Barson, 78, who died two weeks after the accident. Linda Barson suffered a broken wrist and cracked sternum. Williams was not injured.

Palm Beach Gardens police originally released a statement declaring Williams at fault in the accident, as it appeared that she was in an intersection under a red light when she was struck by Barson, who had a green light. However, surveillance footage was later located indicating that Williams entered the intersection under a green light, but slowed when her path was blocked by a Nissan Altima that had turned in front of her.

A new police report released July 7 stated that Williams entered the intersection lawfully, stopped advancing through the intersection in order to avoid a collision with the Altima, and then started to proceed through the intersection in accordance with the law. A Palm Beach Gardens police spokesman said that authorities are continuing to investigate the crash.

Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Call: 813.251.2007

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