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Venus Williams at fault in car crash that led to man's death, police say

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tennis star Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report released Thursday.

Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a June 9 crash.

Jerome Barson, 78, suffered head trauma from the accident and was placed in the ICU, CBS Miami reports. He died two weeks after the car crash.

The report says a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Barson's wife, Linda, crashed into the side of Williams' SUV. Linda Barson told investigators that she was approaching the intersection when her light turned green and that she was unable to stop in time. Linda Barson suffered unspecified moderate injuries. Williams, who turned 37 on June 17, was not hurt.

She told investigators she had entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but had been forced to stop midpoint by traffic ahead of her. She said she did not see the Barsons' car when she crossed into their lanes.

Palm Beach Gardens Maj. Paul Rogers says the crash remains under investigation.

Williams, who has a residence in Palm Beach Gardens, has not been cited or charged.

According to police, there is no indication Williams was intoxicated or distracted by her phone, CBS Miami reports.

Williams' attorney Malcolm Cunningham said in a statement that Williams expressed "her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."

"Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at five miles per hour when Mrs. Barson crashed into her," the statement added.

Michael Steinger, the attorney for Linda Barson, had no immediate comment. 

A reporter for CBS affiliate WPEC-TV tweeted that a member of the law firm representing the victim's family said the family doesn't want to speak with media.

Venus Williams, the older sister of tennis star Serena Williams, has won seven Grand Slam titles, including five at her favorite tournament, Wimbledon.

She revealed in 2011 that she'd been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease.

Her ranking fell outside the top 100 as she coped with her illness and injuries, and from 2011 to 2014, she only advanced past the third round at a major once.

Early round losses continued to mount for Williams and questions about retirement came up time and again. Those questions are still asked, but she had a career renaissance, and in January reached the finals of the Australian Open, where she lost to her sister.

The crash was first reported by TMZ.

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Here's a look at page seven of the police report showing the car collision. WPEC-TV

This story corrects the age of the victim to 78.