By Sandra Rose  | 

As expected, the family of a 78-year-old Florida man who died in a car accident caused by Venus Williams filed a lawsuit against the tennis star.

Attorney F. Malcolm Cunningham Jr., who represents Williams, says he hasn't seen the lawsuit.

The accident happened on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. outside a country club near Williams' home.

Jerome Barson was a passenger in a car driven by his wife, Ester Linda Barson, 68, when Williams rolled through a red light at 5 miles per hour. Witnesses say the Barson's car could not avoid hitting Williams's SUV. Barson died in an intensive care unit on June 22.
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Williams was not cited or charged for the slow speed accident, even though police agreed she was at fault for violating the other driver's right of way.

Cunningham said in a statement that Williams expressed "her deepest condolences" to the family.

Barson's wife filed a lawsuit, claiming her husband's death was caused “as a result of the negligence” of Williams.

Police impounded both Williams' 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV and Barson's 2016 Hyundai Accent.

Michael Steinger, attorney for Linda Barson, requested the release of both cars from the impound lot so an investigator can analyze Williams' SUV.

“They [police] have impounded all of the vehicles and have impeded our ability to conduct our investigation and be able to move forward," Steinger told Good Morning America on Friday.

But Williams' attorney told Fox News that Barson's attorney would have to wait until the police concluded their investigations.

The family also demanded video footage from police dashcam video or any surveillance footage of the incident.

“At this point we are attempting to both preserve the evidence and gain access to the evidence,” Steinger said. “There are video cameras that were placed at guard houses where Ms. Williams lives and police have refused after multiple requests to turn those over to us and we would like to see visual portrayal of the accident on those videos.

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  • Bdot

    The deceased is less than a side note in this. Sad.

  • Justlooknout

    My condolences.

  • Karen Brady

    Very very sad. I feel for the fam.

  • SG

    Not surprising. RIP to this man.

  • Karen Brady

    Amen. And yes, RIP to this gentleman. :-(.

  • My Opinion

    So, she committed a moving violation, admitted to being at fault, and she's not being sued for vehicular manslaughter?? Only a lawsuit is being focused on?? They into sum dark stuff bruh


  • Malcom Flex

    She has insurance.

  • Wile E. Coli

    yup. par for he course. That's how it works in the US.

  • Faithz

    Sorry to read this
    And hopefully more about this will come out
    In Automobiles anybody can die, It could have been Venus.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Summer solstice is on the 21st of June.... If you do any ritual it would have been on that day ... And as far as dark stuff... Dark forces .... Chile that shyt will fall... No worries here ... This was simply fate Hun...

  • Lady_Elle

    REally a sad situation...
    I wonder where Venus' car was hit (middle, back)?
    Linda Barson's car looks like it was placed into a trash compactor.
    She was driving at a pretty fast speed.
    I wonder if there are any traffic cams?

  • Keesh5000

    Sad to hear this. It was an accident and Williams will will be pennies to her.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Now the curiousity in me wonders how he managed to hit the windshield? The most obvious is him not in his seatbelt. Or is it the faulty seatbelt that only lock when the brakes are rapidly deployed. Which leads me to think either
    1. He had no seatbelt so when she tried to stop he kept going
    2. She never deployed her brakes and the impact projected him out of the seatbelt
    3.The cars seatbelt was faulty and didn't deploy the lock feature when she used her brakes...
    The reason I say this is because if this was a slow speed accident some safety feature was not used to prevent this man from hitting the windshield. to suffer an head injury.

  • Kirenee

    Alright now Traffic Investigator! You get my nomination ??. I was think all of the above.

  • Kirenee

    Unless they are suing beyond the liabilities, won't cover it. Venus will have to pay up.

  • Coy little wink

    Where did u see pic of Barson vehicle?

  • Malcom Flex

    She has millions. What else ya got?

  • KimJongTrill.

    They done planned the lawsuit before the funeral. He was old anyway, my mans didn't have that many years left anyway

  • Sid

    5 miles per hour. Wow. They are only doing because she is famous.

  • Coy little wink

    You don't get sued for crimes get charged by a prosecutor if evidence supports that a crime was committed

  • fRAktal Reality

    Apparently, Barson didn't know how to drive defensively. Whether or not a driver pulls out of the stop sign intersection out of turn or not, a driver should be able to STOP to avoid collision with another vehicle...especially when it's traveling 5 mph. If you release your foot off the brake, your auto will roll at 5 mph without acceleration.

    What kind of fatal injuries did Barson's husband sustain in that LOW SPEED traffic accident and how?

  • Miany

    I like Venus, she is humble.. yall see her sensible 2010 Toyota Sequoia...

  • Queen B

    That's what im saying ?

  • Junkanoo

    Venus seems like she isn't an attention seeking trollop like her sister.

  • Junkanoo

    Only the rich seem to matter it's insanity because money isn't even real we invented it to barter goods and services .

  • tynamight

    RIP to the gentleman. Peace to his family. Everyday is a blessing.

  • klwbaby

    They said he had a shattered pelvis and internal injuries.

  • Rayne

    That's what I like about her too.

  • Anunnaki

    sad all the way round,

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Was the wife speeding or accelerated

  • Rayne

    5 mph. Good lord...and he died. Makes me wonder if he died because of his own illnesses like a heart attack or something. Ion know bout dis.??

  • klwbaby

    Apparently Venus had a green light but there was a lot of traffic and had to stop in the middle of the intersection. The light turned red and then the wife took off and run straight into Venus's car.

  • Soda

    money isn't even real
    Dumbest words of the day.


    i believe the twins names are Rumi & Sir

  • Li

    Celebs like her have insurance to cover those things. It will settle quickly.

  • Li

    Insurance will pay.

  • fRAktal Reality

    Mrs. Barson was the one who drove into Williams' SUV. For her husband to sustain those injuries, she had to have been driving much faster than Williams to result in that type of impact.

  • missmiami305

    I can't believe we waited all this time for those names. I heard the boy was gonna be Knowles Carter and I liked that first. I guess they couldn't find anything else. Oh well.

  • fRAktal Reality


  • fRAktal Reality

    Mrs. Barson was a negligent driver who CAUSED her husband's injuries.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    The man isn't even buried yet and they haven't had a chance to plan his funeral but they already have a law suit? Okay, we know what this is about.

  • Ebony Starr

    However it happened, some lawyer was going to contact the family.

  • MsPam

    Sir is not a common name, I know one and he's a Thug! Rumi is a typical Japanese girl name, a Persian 13th Century poet who's last name is Rumi. They're trying to trademark the names already. These two think they're some kind of scholars!



  • klwbaby

    I was thinking the same because the condition of the Barson's car looked like she was going extremely fast.

  • MsPam

    Yes, they're doing what other folks would be doing!! They probably forgot about the old man, planning a fabulous trip somewhere! Hell its better than Shaquita from the hood running into you!

  • Ms.Vanilla

    That is too funny!...
    Planning the vacation and somebody called and said "wait ya'll, when we gone bury willie?"

  • MsPam

    On the way to the airport!????

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    And for this you get a clap clap, bravo!!!! Good job!

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    She ain't going broke trying to impress ppl. Smart girl. Save that money.

  • MsPam

    In other news: The man that shot folks at NYC hospital was a black man, Dr.Henry Bello former employee.

  • IAmLegend

    Venus is my pick to win Wimbledon this year. I hope she doesn't let this case distract her next week. She is overdue for her 6th Wimbledon title!

  • Ms.Vanilla


  • Lady_Elle
  • TeeTee

    That was fast. She see a easy check. RIP to the man - but um... I'm not feeling the lawsuit

  • My Opinion

    Her moving violation caused her to hit another vehicle and that crash resulted in the death of one of the passengers. That's an easy case for vehicular manslaughter. If this was to happen to any ole citizen, he / she would be jailed awaiting a swift trail

  • pynkrose407

    LOL...funny not funny poor man...S.I.P

  • GuestSTAR

    O sht.

  • Mrs Mary

    hold up Venus was driving a what??? no rolls royce or bentley???? see people like her will always have money she knows how to save it and use it properly. im trying to figure out why some preacher's gotta have fancy cars??? lmbo

  • Mrs Mary

    his old ass was going wayyy too fast and he was already probably half blind, blood pressure up, cholestorol up and he was already dealing with diabetes too and him and the wife were arguing and wasn't paying attention to Venus SLOWED VEHICLE while he was driving like a bat out of hell! Trust me if he died and the wife didn't and Venus didn't he was already dealing with pre-existing conditions! now the wife want money..yea ok..I hope she don't get one red cent!

  • Anji

    Venus was t-boned, Barton's car hit her truck, but Barton had the right-of-way.

  • Mrs Mary

    she knew it was Venus and was tired of her husband and taking care of his old arse and all his pre-existing conditions and decided to get away with the PERFECT MURDER and sue a famous person to get folk are pure evil like I was always told while growing up..they are DEVILS....

  • My Opinion

    Oh ok. Thanks for the clarification.

    She still caused the death of this man tho and should be placed in jail

  • bella28498 .

    she about to pay out the ying yang

  • Jussjess25

    Noooo really?? Dam.. sounds like an african name

  • Jussjess25

    I hate yal!!! ??????

  • Pamela

    Damn! Lol

  • Pamela

    Scholars. Lol. or intellectuals. I like them though.

  • V Dubb

    She might as well sit out this year, cause she won't be able to focus

  • Roderick2011

    Mrs. Mary: was tired of her husband and taking care of his old arse and all his pre-existing conditions and decided to get away with the PERFECT MURDER and sue a famous person to get PAID

    That was exactly what I thought when I found out she was in her late 60's and her husband was almost 80.

    Venus should go to court and have this crap thrown out although it will cost her a couple of million in legal fees.

  • friendofblog

    I was thinking the same thing! She's so smart.

  • ???TheRider???

    I was in the beauty supply today and saw a wig named Rumi ?

  • TheOwley

    "Williams was not cited or charged for the slow speed accident, even though police agreed she was at fault for violating the other driver’s right of way." There is a reason they could not charge her.

    You can google side impact collisions until you are blue in the face but you won't see Venus' case anywhere as an example. The T-bone collision with driver at fault who hits or gets hit by perpendicular traffic, is usually at fault because they ran the stop or red light, were distracted, intoxicated, on the phone, etc.

    What you won't find is a driver (presumably at fault) who had the right of way and lost that right of way because of getting caught in the middle of the intersection and then that driver gets T-boned. This is Venus' situation. This never happens. If you are at a stop waiting for green, you don't T-bone the guy who still hasn't cleared off so you can pass thru. In fact, she looks like she was clearing off with a few feet to go and boom.

    That will be the point of contention in the investigation and lawsuit. In spite of the sad outcome, the elderly woman's role will be scrutinized. You don't T-bone cars stuck on the intersection unless you are coming at high speed and were unable to stop your vehicle. It's hard to believe that such a low speed event caused so much devastation. The speed of her car will be a huge issue. How does a reasonable driver who has the right of way, is attentive on the road, and going at 5mph not stop. You can walk faster that 5mph. There will be scrutiny on the wife and that might mitigate what her husband's estate gets.

    Sorry for the long post but this is interesting and strange.

  • Coy little wink

    But the other vehicle hit her...she wasn't cited or charged for a reason...idk all the facts but I think the other driver may have some fault (speeding and/or failure to yield) and the victim as well if he wasn't wearing his seatbelt....

  • MsPam

    He was Nigerian! Trump will be banning them from the United States soon!

  • Malai

    The preachers wife at my cousins church drives a bentley so this is very surprising learning that she drove a sequoia

  • Malai

    Exactly they should do an autopsy but regardless if he had a heart attack as a result of the accident, they STILL say that the accident that Venus caused caused the heart attack.. so what do u do

  • Layah Jhene

    It's ritual season...

  • Ms.Vanilla



    Yea I think everyone got caught slightly in the intersection before after the light turns red and traffic is very heavy. I never seen an accident caused by that before. People usually see that you're stuck and go around you, or simply wait still you clear.

  • BlackFeeMale

    Scanless!!!!! U 2 funny

  • BlackFeeMale

    Yall 2 r pure comedic meanies!!! I didnt want to open this story but i really wanted to know how he passed with a 5mph But yall and this theory. Thanks for the laugh ?

  • Jussjess25

    I knoow ??

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Well, good guess as to where some of the tithes & offerings are going to...

  • Roderick2011

    He was African.
    They don't claim us so we shouldn't claim them.

  • Ryan

    That money already spent.

  • MS.BEE


  • Natasha Adams

    A 2010 Sequoia. That truck 7 years old. It's probably low mileage though.

  • Dowoop

    I wonder how fast she was taking off from that intersection for the accident to be deadly.

  • Dowoop

    The Sequoia actullay costs a pretty penny. A lot of people only see Toyota and think low budget but that truck will run you more than some German SUV's plus they are very reliable. She pbly bought it brand new and chances are it still runs like it is brand new.

  • V Dubb's a crazy situation. She needs to lay low for a bit.

  • Peter Marcus

    No. They are $45,000. She should have been driving a newer car with more safety electronics. In any case, the accident was not her fault.