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Venus Williams Wins Emergency Court Order (Photos)

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Tennis player Venus Williams won an emergency Florida court order against the family suing her for the death of 78-year-old Jerome Barson in a June 9 car crash.

Williams' attorneys successfully argued authorities should not examine the cars for evidence, nor extract data from either of them, the Daily Mail reports.

As a result, the order blocks the Barson family from divulging sensitive information to the public or collecting evidence to harass her, reports News.com.au.

The reason Williams sought the order has yet to be disclosed.

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It is Williams first legal battle in the wrongful death lawsuit filed on June 30. The tennis star has yet to file her response to the suit itself.

At the time of the crash, police blamed Williams for blocking the right of way, causing the collision at an intersection.

"This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one," said Williams' attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, at the time.

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The Barson family attorney, Michael Steinger, reiterated police statements that Williams was at fault.

"Mrs Barson is suffering intense grief and doesn't know how she will go on," Steinger, told ABC's "Good Morning America," reports BBC News. "Her husband of 35 years was struck by Venus Williams, who was at fault in a car accident, which ultimately resulted in Mr Barson being hospitalized 14 days with multiple surgeries which resulted in his death."

News Williams has won the first legal battle provoked controversy on social media.

"She should be ashamed of herself," wrote one Daily Mail reader. "The police have ruled she was at fault and I don't blame the family for sueing her. She's playing at Wimbledon and carrying on as nothing has happened. Yet she was at fault for death of this man. If she had any decency she wouldn't try and block anything and just face the consequences for her actions."

"Over reaction on her part considering Police have confirmed her actions caused the death of the man," added another. "What does she think the family are going to do, turn up and intimidate her."

Some defended the tennis player.

"Miss Williams shares only a portion of any blame," one person said. "The other driver has a duty to avoid contact with another vehicle. If Miss Williams had entered the intersection with a green light then the other driver is at fault for the action of hitting Miss Williams. When living in Florida the first thing I learned was to never enter an intersection where you may have to stop in that intersection. I know of multiple people who have made that mistake and gotten in accidents because of it."

Sources: Daily MailNews.com.au, BBC/Photo Credit: Edward Martinez/Wikimedia Commons, Facebook via Daily Mail, ABC via Daily Mail

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