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Tennis star Venus Williams involved in Palm Beach Gardens crash in which man died

Posted at 3:24 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 05:03:15-04

A person has died after a collision in Palm Beach Gardens with a vehicle driven by tennis star Venus Williams, according to a police report.

It said a 78-year-old man died two weeks after the June 9 crash near Ballenisles Drive and Northlake Boulevard.

The report said police faulted Williams for the crash for violating the right of way of the other driver. TMZ identified the other driver as the victim's wife.

The report notes that there was no evidence Venus was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol or distracted by an electronic device.

When asked if the police report was available, Palm Beach Gardens police responding by saying the request had been received and was forwarded to the city clerk for processing.

However, Palm Beach Gardens police Maj. Paul Rogers confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that Williams was involved in a crash on June 9. He said the crash is under investigation, but declined to give further details.

Late Thursday afternoon the attorney for Williams issued this statement: 

"Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light.  The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 miles per hour when Mrs. Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations. This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."