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Venus Williams Settles Lawsuit with Family of Elderly Man Who Died in Fatal Car Crash

Venus Williams at Wimbledon press conference following first round match (July 3, 2017)
Venus Williams at Wimbledon press conference following first round match (July 3, 2017)

*Tennis star Venus Williams has reached a settlement in the wrongful death suit related to a fatal car crash in Florida last year.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, how much money changed hands with the family of crash victim Jerome Barson is unknown, but the financial settlement will cover certain expenses.

TMZ obtained surveillance video showing the accident. Jerome’s wife was driving and he was the passenger in the sedan that T-boned Venus as she drove through a busy intersection, the report states. 

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Williams was cleared of criminal charges after investigators determined she was “caught in the middle” of the intersection when her light turned red.

The Barsons had a green light and slammed into Venus’ SUV. Jerome died from his injuries 14 days after the accident. His wife was also injured.

On the basis of the video, police said in a statement shortly after the crash that, “the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection.”

Venus, 37, broke down in tears at Wimbledon in July when reporters questioned her about the wreck.

“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and — yeah. I’m completely speechless,” Williams said.

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