A police report released Thursday by authorities in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, says that tennis star Venus Williams caused a car accident on June 9 that led to the death of a 79-year-old passenger in the other vehicle.
Witnesses told officers that Williams ran a red light, and a Hyundai Accent smashed into her Toyota Sequoia. Williams told investigators she entered the intersection when her light turned green, but had to stop because of traffic ahead of her. Williams said she did not see the Accent, driven by Linda Barson, when she crossed into its lane. Barson suffered moderate injuries, and her husband, Jerome Barson, died two weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash. Williams was not hurt.
The accident is under investigation. Williams has not been charged or cited, and police say she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. In a statement, Williams' attorney said her client expressed "her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."