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Venus Williams Sued By Family Of Man Killed In Crash (Photos)

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Tennis star Venus Williams has been sued by the family of an elderly Florida man who died in a June 9 car crash in which she was involved.

According to a Palm Beach Gardens police report, Williams was "at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]," reports the Daily Mail.

Williams was trying to get across an intersection when she was hit from the side by another car.

The passenger in the other car, 78-year-old Jerome Barson, suffered serious head injuries in the crash, and died on June 23 as a result of his injuries.

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His wife Linda, who was driving the car at the time, suffered multiple broken bones.

"The amount of pain the family is feeling right now is enormous," said a family spokesman to the Daily Mail.

The Barsons are now seeking unspecified damages for loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and medical and funeral expenses.

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Linda Barson alleges that Williams' SUV "suddenly darted" into the intersection, not leaving Barson enough time to stop before she crashed into the side of Williams' vehicle. 

According to the lawsuit, the Barson's car was "crushed, the front windshield shattered, the airbags deployed, there was crush damage to the rear on the driver's side, and the back window was shattered."

The suit also mentions that the couple were married for more than 33 years and that the husband died on his 68th birthday.

Williams told police she got stranded in the intersection because traffic was backed up, reports the Daily Mail, citing TMZ.

Her lawyer, Malcolm Cunningham, argued that Williams had entered an intersection while the light was green and was going only 5 mph when the other vehicle impacted hers. She was not given a ticket or charged in the incident, he added.

In a statement, he said: "This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."

Police say there was no evidence Williams was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or that she was distracted by a phone.

On the tennis court, Venus Williams has won seven Grand Slam singles titles, including five at Wimbledon. Her sister, Serena, has won 22 Grand Slam titles, and they have earned a combined $116 million in winnings, reports Fox News.

The sisters became part-owners of the Miami Dolphins in 2009, making them the first African-American women to own a portion of an NFL franchise.

Sources: Daily Mail, Fox News / Photo credits: Edward Martinez/Wikimedia Commons, Daily Mail, Facebook via Daily Mail

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