Venus Williams

Venus Williams advanced out of the first round at Wimbledon Tennis Tournament in London, England on Monday. It was her first time returning to playing tennis after she caused a car accident that took the life of a 78-year-old man in America.

Williams, 37, broke down in tears when a reporter asked her to comment on the fatal accident in a post-match interview.

“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating… I’m completely speechless… Maybe I should go,” she said before leaving the interview room.
 
SEE ALSO: Family of man killed in car accident files lawsuit against Venus Williams
 
Jerome Barson was a passenger in a car driven by his wife, Ester Linda Barson, 68, when Williams rolled through a red light and Linda Barson couldn’t avoid hitting her car. Mr. Barson died on June 22 in an intensive care unit.

Linda Barson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tennis superstar last week.

The accident happened near Williams’ gated home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on June 9.

The police report blamed Williams for violating the elderly driver’s right of way. Williams wasn’t cited or charged in the accident.

Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images




  • casiepriest33

    They’re trying to distract her, shameful.

  • Ebony Starr

    Of course they are.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    They never like for us to be great!!!!

  • Benjamin

    I love Venus, I feel for her, and everyone involved.

    Listen, Venus was going 5mph, and got stuck in the intersection because the cars in front of her stopped or slowed down. I have had this happen to me numerous times where cars in front of me are moving as I enter the intersection, and then they suddenly stop, leaving me stuck exactly there, in the intersection. That being said, the cops got this wrong, because the other driver was obviously not paying attention, was going to fast and/or had poor judgment (Not common in older drivers who may have multiple issues). For goodness sakes, they slammed into her.

    All in all, this was tragic all around, and Venus in my opinion, is not to blame.

  • Yetunde

    This is disgraceful, it has nothing to do with the tennis. They shouldn’t be asking her questions about the incident.

  • Shira Harding-James

    How devastating to have to walk around with that guilt on your heart! Just a tragic story and I hope all who are involved find peace

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I hope Venus wins and she can put this case behind her. Hopefully her insurance and lawyers can settle this soon and she can heal . She is so humble and I find her so likeable and a great athlete and role model.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Leave her alone FOOLS!!! An accident can happen to anybody.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    And constantly show what kind of people they are!!!

  • Sexy CJ
  • dontgetblocked

    I feel bad for her and the family. They lost a loved one and she didn’t mean to do it. They’re suing her and they will get a settlement but this is a tragedy for everyone involved.

  • Indies beauty

    Awww sad story but she looked great at the interview. This was the first time I found her attractive. And I like her protective style and visor.

  • Malcom Flex

    Keep your chin up baby girl!

  • Junkanoo

    ???

  • http://ebonynsweet.com EbonyNSweet.com

    It’s not her fault… She can’t stop people from running into her on the highway.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    God bless her. I can’t even imagine.

  • yvette46

    Forget these sellouts. .cry me a river. .

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Stay strong Venus. Side note: I can’t think of how many times I wasn’t able to complete my turn and was sitting in the intersection praying the light would hurry up. I never thought someone would hit me and die though, only that I was an inconvenience and people would blow their horns. Maybe I’d get a ticket if officer friendly came by. This is awful.

  • shun king

    seem fake to me

  • Phyllis

    Seemed on que.. just pay them off.. everything will be fine and back to normal..

  • Allihave2say

    The law requires us to be able to control the speed of our vehicles and to drive defensively to avoid an accident. I’m certain this woman had time to see the vehicle in the road because she was either stopped at the red light of the intersection before taking off into the intersection or approaching the intersection and had adequate time to see she needs to brake.

    Seems to me they are purposely making Venus guilty because the old man died and Venus has money. They certainly didn’t do Killer Caitlyn Bruce Jenner this way; or Kris Jenner in the accident she had. They’re automatically condemning this woman. Not to mention she is working and they are questioning her on her job so that her season won’t be as successful.

    Venus lawyer up and send cease and desist letters to paps to not ask you about the accident. Anything you say ca and will be used against you in a court of law.

  • Allihave2say

    I don’t understand how and why she’s being sued. She was in the intersection but the old woman should have been ticketed for failure to control speed and her own insurance should be paying for no fault, as both were wrong. WTF are Venus’ lawyers doing?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Back to normal?! A woman lost her husband… forever. No amount of money will bring things back to normal for her.

  • NicoleZee

    It’s called an ACCIDENT for a reason. We’ve all had them. She didn’t do it on purpose, wasn’t impaired in any kind of way from what I’ve read.

    People get in cars everyday driving drunk and killing folks and no one says anything. Time a celebrity has some kind of car accident, everyone comes out to judge. SMDH at people that really need to get a life and hobby.

  • Fly By Day and Night

    Where are the tears??

    She should be thrown in jail.

    Sacrifice. Folks, these folks are into some dark stuff. Stop praising these folks and putting them on a high pedestal

  • brooklyn23

    I asked myself that question when I 1st read about this. How fast was the driver going that they didn’t see Venus in time to stop before colliding into her car?

  • brooklyn23

    Exactly

  • Allihave2say

    Right! Venus’ only comment should be through her lawyer. She needs to have him post a statement that she is not to be questioned about the accident. Period. They are pulling a fast one and white media will use this as a tool to destroy her.

  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    She is not the first celebrity that killed someone by accident. Matthew Brodrick? Brandy? come on guys…..Let her breathe and be.

  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    that’s what car insurance is for…..

  • IamAllnatural

    I feel bad for the family who lost their loved one, but 68 is too old to be driving. At age 60, everyone should be required to have an annual driving test. I’m sure grandma could’ve avoided this accident.

  • bhavana

    Excuse me, but 68 is not too old to be driving. I agree about the annual driving test, though. There are people in their forties who need an annual test.

  • bhavana

    You’re making it sound like a simple fender bender. A man lost his life!

  • Evillene

    Her culpability is in question. I was making a left turn across two lanes of traffic that yielded and was hit by a drunk driver careening toward a red light in the third lane. I was hit with such force it turned my car in the opposite direction and severely damaged his car. Fortunately, neither of us were physically hurt. We had the same insurer which deemed me responsible even though I wasn’t drunk or impaired because I was making a left. Drunk driver had plenty of time to stop and avoid accident but was drunk. In this case, I think driver of the car that hit Venus probably should not be on the road.

  • millz

    I Was thinking sacrifice too… Serena having a baby so she out the game… let see what happens soon?

  • Lady_Elle

    This woman was driving pretty fast.
    She hit the car in an intersection with tremendous force.
    Not sure of why she couldn’t stop…
    her car looks like it was placed in a trash compactor.
    Even if it was not her fault… her husband died.

  • Yetunde

    Don’t forget Laura Bush

  • JustB

    Wrong time for that question…she will need to stay focused the best she can

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Trump Wanders Around Looking for Limo After Deplaning

    Here he is returning to Washington and having to be directed towards the limo after getting off the plane.

    Dementia has been mentioned in the past; looks like these incidents may become more frequent and harder to cover

    https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/7/4/1677888/-Trump-Wanders-Around-Looking-for-Limo-After-Deplaning

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    It had to have been the lady’s fault because Venus was already in the intersection and the woman clearly saw her so why did she take off like a bat out of hell and make contact with Venus’s vehicle?
    I live in the area and this happens all of the time but if the light changes and someone is still in the intersection trying to turn people usually wait until that person completes the turn but don’t gun it as soon as the light changes.

  • free

    yep, my insurer said they’d never won a left turn case so paid the damages on the person that hit me but didn’t hold it against me (she hit me so hard i was damn near down the street; thankfully on the passenger side). nevertheless, venus was in the intersection on red, which is also an offense. i was in the same type accident but we both got tickets so it was thrown out. 16 yo ran into me. i’m wondering what kind of speed was at play.

  • free

    i was wondering about the speed; had to be fast and that’s probably why they’re holding back on venus. there is contributory negligence. venus’ insurance will pay but not 100%.

  • bumblebee

    The was not the time nor the place to ask that question she should not have said anything -____- they are making such a big deal out of this and I get a family has loss their father (sad situation for both parties) when Bruce Jenner non driving ass got his heel caught in the pedal and killed someone that was quickly thrown under a rug now this woman has to be asked about this when it has nothing to do with what she is in England to do PLAY TENNIS. I would have said next question fohhhh.

  • tunjie

    I’m not understanding how some of you not seeing based off the description of the accident given us to that Venus Wiliams ran a red light and the old folks had the green light and were driving as they were supposed to. Whether they could have avoided hitting her is irrelevant to her running a red light.

  • YES I SAID IT…

    I am sadden that someone has lost their life but this is something she will never forget. The day she made a terrible mistake on the road that caused someone’s death! They should have not asked her about the accident during the press conference but thats what cold-blooded people do when they have nothing else to do but tear U down when U are already down enough. I pray for her during this time as well as the dead man’s family

  • Fly By Day and Night

    We’re too caught up on her being a “sista”. We can’t look pass that.

  • Fly By Day and Night

    Both “accidents” were intentional and were sacrifices. Their were folks calling for Bruce to be charged with murder, but since they’re in the duality/underworld occult practices they get away with muder. Listen, these folks are into Luciferianism. Your A-list celebs are satanists. The truth is right in front of you

  • Fly By Day and Night

    Where are her tears in this video?

  • bumblebee

    Correction these are not MY A list celebrities but always appreciate a different opinion 🙂 God bless

  • ThottyPippen

    I feel for her, but I feel for the family more. It’s tough to lose someone to negligence of another person. I bet she wished she was “transitioning” like Bruce was, so it’ll get swept under the rug and not be the “bigger” news. Did he even have to settle with the family?

  • IamAllnatural

    If grandma could’ve avoided hitting her is definitely relevant, that’s probably why Venus wasn’t ticketed. It stated that Venus was stuck in the intersection when her light turned red, not that she just sped through the red light.

  • Fly By Day and Night

    I didn’t mean that they are literally yours. Smh. I hope that’s not the only thing you took out of it.

  • MythCalledLove

    I use to say that old people should not be allowed to drive big cars with leather seats. Notice older people always driving big cars with leather seats. I remember my aunt had a Cadillac remote control seats she was so short not even a buck o5 and she damn near sliding toward the passengers side if it wasn’t for that arm rest she would turn right end up in the passenger seat. She would hit everything & say “What was that?” This is the country so I don’t even know if she had a license. She would leave the keys in. So she would park in the middle of the street almost. They were always saying ” Somebody go move Flosie car!” They finally took the car from her. You would visit her she would say ” You know somebody stole my damn car!”

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No. You’re not completely correct.
    Venus was already in the intersection when the light turned red.

    The question we have is why did the lady hit the gas when she saw Venus was still in the middle of the intersection.
    I have seen that situation before and most normal people allow the person who is already in the intersection to complete their turn to avoid an accident, but why didn’t this lady?
    Did she hit Venus on purpose hoping she would get some free money and/or get rid of her sickly husband?

  • bumblebee

    I am simply responding to what you stated. Now one thing I will not do is go back and forth about what religion/sacrifices/satanic illumnati shenanigans one seems to think these people do or go through or participate in. I simply do not care **shrugs** it does not effect me nor do I need to comment on someones preference in regards to the aforementioned 🙂 God bless and have an amazing week.

  • MythCalledLove

    The Kennedy’s

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But the family has filed a lawsuit less than a month after the accident so obviously they want MONEY.

  • Fly By Day and Night

    You’ll be surprised how what these celebrities and government practice affects our daily lives. You may want to care. There’s a world coming and the powers that be are steadily preparing us for the acceptance of this dark power. It’s going to hit you like a ton of bricks IF you continue to shrug your shoulders…to each his own. You be well.

  • bumblebee

    Well I will wait for it to hit me and as soon as it does I’ll be online posting about it lol. Thank you for your input today 🙂

  • Fly By Day and Night

    Sounds like a plan.

  • IamAllnatural

    ? cute story, and I ?? the name Flosie.
    On a serious note, alot of old people should be medically cleared to drive once they reach a certain age. It seems like every time a car crashes into a store front, it’s an elderly person who confused the brakes with the gas. Their minds aren’t as sharp as it used to be, & their reflexes are delayed. I don’t know why these people on here acting like grandma wasn’t partially at fault for this accident.

  • IamAllnatural

    If a 68 year old driver hit you, I bet you would be screaming a different tune!

  • Renee26

    why didn’t this lady?

    Because she too old to still be driving

  • IamAllnatural

    Don’t forget regular people, daily

  • Renee26

    Bingo….no citation because she did nothing wrong. Traffic jams happen every day

  • Renee26

    Except she didn’t run the light

  • Renee26

    Lol

  • Renee26

    LMAO bless her heart!!

  • Renee26

    All of this plus medications….majority of elders on on some type of medication and just about every medicine impairs people

  • Benita Renee’

    It has been reported that Venus was going 5mph…

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I think she wanted her husband dead.
    I also heard that he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and he was old and had pre-existing conditions so if it goes to court my guess is Venus would be < 25% liable.
    Given that he was 78 he was retired and wasn't contributing any income to his estate so Venus should get away with having to pay less than $1 million if they don't include damages for 'pain and suffering'.

  • Rendeezil

    Might get mad folks ,but here goes. Yes its unfortunate someone lost their lives. But police officers kill purposely everyday. She had an accident. Not purpose. I am quite sure she feels bad. But the media is going to criminalize her with no mercy,yet cops are aquitted. How many times were my forefathers were beat,hung,quartered and the like at an elderly age. You can say this is different,its not. Same treatment ,different instruments. I would love to hear her Dad on this.

  • YellowSauce

    The press knows what its doing when they do things like this … I’m going to also put this out here …. once a driver reaches a certain age …sight and reflexes should be checked AND monitored regularly as well as if the driver is on any kind of meds … I’m sorry for the family’s loss and prayers for deceased … Venus should not be demonized for this … there are people that intentionally kill people and justice is never served …intention is the difference it is what makes a person truly guilty or not … this was not a murder but an accident

  • YES I SAID IT…

    What U mean tears!?! U can’t tell that she is bothered by the accident that she caused?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why do you feel for the family more?

    They filed a wrongful death lawsuit less than a month after the accident and then their lawyer went into some almost conspiracy theory mode as if the police wouldn’t release the vehicles involved in the accident.
    Wait until this goes to trial and find out it was a money grab pure and simple.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why do you feel for the family more?

    They filed a wrongful death lawsuit less than a month after the accident and then their lawyer went into some almost conspiracy theory mode as if the police wouldn’t release the vehicles involved in the accident.
    Wait until this goes to trial and find out it was a money grab pure and simple.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Is that you Redeemed?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Is that you Redeemed?

  • Karen Brady

    lol.

  • Karen Brady

    lol.

  • Fly By Day and Night

    No sir.

  • Fly By Day and Night

    No. It’s an act.

  • YES I SAID IT…

    Hmmm oh ok then if U say so

  • Renee26

    I hope she only has to pay them dust ….it was an accident and the old lady was at fault

  • Dowoop

    I agree with you. She was going 5mph. Not sure how the other driver missed her pulling out from an intersection.

  • Dowoop

    That old lady could have waited. I’ve gotten stuck at an intersection several time. People either wait or manoeuver around me. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again..how fast was she pulling out of that intersection that the accident was deadly.

  • Dowoop

    They didnt even wait a full two weeks.

  • Dowoop

    That lady clearly should not be driving. Had it been a pedestrian jaywalking that she had hit she would have been at fault whether her light was green or not. Im sorry but shes pbly one of those people that fell like its their light and she going whether someone is in her way or not.

  • Dowoop

    That has nothing to do with anything.

  • Dowoop

    Lol lol…I may have to follow you for updates on when this dark powers hit us.

  • Dowoop

    I think once they hit retirement age, they should get medical clearance and any illness/medication that may impair driving should be reported to the licencing office regardless of what age you are.

  • Fire & Ice

    Agreed! I know this sounds horrible, but I bet this family probably glad he passed. Once they found out who hit him, they saw their meal ticket. I bet they had a lawyer on standby.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Well if Venus decides to fight it I hope her lawyer hires some good private investigators who can obtain her medical records.

  • Fly By Day and Night

    Then, you’re an exception

  • YellowSauce

    you can see she is genuinely crushed by this

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Williams, 37, broke down in tears when a reporter asked her to comment on the fatal accident in a post-match interview.

    Poor baby.

  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    Almost forgot about her.

  • lilred1

    Meanwhile white police officers are shooting and killing black men and getting off scott free.

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Lol??

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    My heart goes out to her for it was a sad accident.

  • Connie

    “after she caused a car accident that took the life of a 78-year-old man”
    ________________________________________________________
    Really??