Lawyer Alleges Cover-Up in Investigation of Venus Williams After Fatal Crash
The tennis star was not ticketed or charged in the crash, but was found to be at fault.
Is someone covering up for Venus Williams?
That's the shocking suggestion from the lawyer suing the tennis star after a fatal car crash near her Palm Beach, Fla., home.
“We have been unable to get the tape,” attorney Michael Steinger, who represents the family of the elderly man killed in the June 6 accident, told Inside Edition.
According to police, at the time of the crash, the tennis icon was attempting to cross a six-lane highway in her Toyota SUV. She had the green light but heavy traffic forced her to stop in the middle of the intersection.
The light turned red but she drove forward, right into the path of an oncoming car.
The passenger of that car, 78-year-old Jerome Barson, died two weeks later from a shattered pelvis and internal injuries. His wife, Linda, had been driving.
“Linda is absolutely devastated. This was the love of her life, the attorney said. "She is inconsolable."
According to the police report, the tennis star was at fault for "violating" the elderly couple’s “right of way.”
Williams was not ticketed nor charged in the crash.
The crash was recorded by a surveillance camera mounted at the entrance to the gated community where Williams lives. That footage, however, has not been made public.
“I think the community may be trying to protect the members of their community or that is a celebrity in their community they are trying to protect,” the attorney said.
Police told Inside Edition that they have a copy, but are not releasing it, citing the ongoing investigation.
A Williams rep called the crash "an unfortunate accident," adding, "Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."
Williams is currently in London where she will play in the annual Wimbledon tournament, which kicks off on Monday.
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