Venus Williams will not face any criminal charges over a fatal crash she was involved in near her Florida home, it was reported last night.

Jerome Barson, 78, was critically injured in the smash in Flor­­­­ida on June 9.

Wife Linda Barson, 68, who was driving the vehicle, suffered broken bones when her car hit the tennis star’s SUV.

Mrs Barson was also not charged after Palm Beach Gardens police determined that neither driver violated the right-of-way, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported.

Venus Williams broke down in tears when asked about the fatal crash during her post match interview at Wimbledon

The tennis star denies she is responsible for Jerome Barson’s death

Jerome Barson was critically injured in the crash and died two weeks later

Police had initially said Williams, 37, was to blame for failing to yield the right-of-way.

But by July, officers said video evidence had surfaced that showed that Williams entered the intersection lawfully, and that a car not involved in the collision forced Williams to stop in the intersection.

The traffic light changed, and a sedan that struck Williams’ SUV had a green light.

Barson’s car pictured after the crash

Pictures show the black Hyundai Accent ES with its bonnet crumpled

Williams has expressed her condolences to the family of Mr Barson

Mr Barson was taken to hospital with internal bleeding and organ damage and died 13 days later, on his wife’s 68th birthday.

The Barson family has filed a wrongful death suit against Williams.

Williams’ black SUV can be seen at the top of this image

Her car, circled, slowly edges out of an intersection

Seconds later, her SUV is sent spinning as the other vehicle crashes into her passenger side
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Court documents, obtained by Radar Online , show Williams denies responsibility for Mr Barson’s death, claiming he failed to keep himself safe.

She says the victim was not wearing a seatbelt and had failed to keep the vehicle in a safe condition.



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