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Posted: July 01, 2017

Venus Williams posts personal response about deadly crash on Facebook

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Venus Williams of the United States of America reacts during her Women's single match against Elise Mertens of Belgium on day six of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 02, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

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Venus Williams posts personal response about deadly  crash on Facebook
Venus Williams of the United States of America reacts during her Women's single match against Elise Mertens of Belgium on day six of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 02, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

By Chelsea Todaro

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tennis superstar Venus Williams took to Facebook to respond for the first time on a June 9 intersection crash resulting in a 78-year-old man’s death. 

“I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident,” Williams said on her Facebook page. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

The news of Williams’ crash surfaced on Thursday, three weeks after the incident. 

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A police report from Palm Beach Gardens found Williams to be at fault for “violating” the right of way, but an investigation continues.  

The wife of the crash victim, Esther Linda Barson,, told police she proceeded westbound through a green light and T-boned Williams’ car. Her husband suffered head injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he died on June 22. 

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Williams told police she stopped in the median break when traffic forced her to stop, the police report said. She then drove her 2010 Toyota Sequoia through the intersection and she didn’t see Barson’s 2016 Hyundai Accent. 

The family of Jerome Barson filed a wrongful death lawsuit the day after news became public of the fatal crash. The court document demanded a trial by jury and judgment for damages against Williams with interest and costs.

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