Venus Williams has been asked by the lawyers of Jerome Barson's estate to submit her phone and medical records for the month of June, nearly two weeks after Barson's estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit on June 30 against the world-renowned tennis player.
The lawyers have asked for the documents in a bid to verify if Williams was using her phone to text or call someone on June 9, when she was driving on Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and her car collided with Barson’s vehicle resulting in his death. Even though Barson was rushed to the hospital following the car crash, he died on June 22, as he suffered massive internal bleeding, a fractured spine, massive internal organ damage due to the accident, Express reported.
Williams’ medical records have also been sought to look into the possibilities of her driving under the influence of alcohol or prescribed drugs at the time.
The prosecuting attorneys have asked for driving records, car insurance documents, medical bills, copies of prescriptions, medical reports and statements or invoices in reference to any injuries sustained by Williams in the crash.
In addition to that, Barson’s daughter wanted Williams to reveal the details of any drug she might have taken 72 hours prior to the accident, and "any bills for the month of the crash for the cellular telephone, satellite phone, iPhone, smartphone, iPad, computer and any other wireless communication device" that she owned, according to the Express report.
Earlier this week, Barson’s family attorneys demanded to see the photos and videos of the crash that might be in the possession of the police. Later, a surveillance footage surfaced that showed Williams followed the traffic rules when the car came close to the intersection.
"Based on the evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation, it has been determined the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection to BallenIsles Drive," the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department said in a statement.
The police also added drugs or alcohol did not play any part in the accident, and said the accused was not using her phone at the time of the accident. A TMZ report, however, pointed out the footage did not clearly show if Williams was on her phone or not. All that could be seen in the footage was her left elbow resting on the door through an open window.
According to an article on the Boca Raton Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, the family of the victim(s) of a wrongful death in Florida is liable to pay an array of damages, depending on the severity of the crime and other factors. The blog is maintained by the Grife Law Firm that has injury lawyers to represent the people of Florida.
Linda Barson, the victim’s wife, in this case, has demanded damages for loss of companionship, loss of earnings, pain, and suffering and medical and funeral expenses, some or all of which Williams might end up paying if evidence of wrong doing is procured from her records.
Williams choked up in the Wimbledon press conference June 30 when she was asked questions regarding the crash. Unable to speak about the incident, she rushed out from the conference in tears. Later, she updated her Facebook status saying the accident has left her “devastated and heartbroken.”