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Tennis Star Venus Williams Involved in Red Light Accident That Left One Person Dead

September 01, 2017

Tennis Star Venus Williams Involved in Red Light Accident That Left One Person Dead

Red-light accidents can cause some of the most severe and sometimes fatal injuries.  This is because there is likely to be a significant impact to passengers within the vehicle when two cars collide in the middle of an intersection, as both vehicles are potentially traveling at or above the speed limit.  A recent red-light accident in Florida has many people asking what went wrong.  This particular accident involved 37-year-old professional tennis player Venus Williams.  Most of us know that Venus is one of the best American women’s tennis players our time has seen, and she continues to play today.

While many people believe these types of tragic accidents do not typically happen to professional athletes and celebrities such as Venus Williams, they do happen from time to time.  Earlier this month, Williams was traveling in Florida near her home when she allegedly ran a red light and was struck by a vehicle in the middle of the intersection.  Williams states that at the time she entered the intersection, the light was still green, but because traffic had stopped ahead of her, she had to stop in the intersection.  She said she did not see the car coming when it slammed into the side of her. 

While Ms. Williams did not suffer any injuries, one occupant of the other vehicle was injured, and one was killed.  The deceased victim of this accident is a 78-year-old man who was a passenger in the vehicle that collided with Ms. Williams’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia.  At this time, Ms. Williams has not been charged with any crime, and she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time this accident occurred.  As such, it appears that the main issue with this accident is whether or not Ms. Williams did indeed run a red light.  

Regardless of whether or not Ms. Williams did, in fact, run a red light, this accident is still a reminder of just how dangerous it can be when crossing and stopping in the middle of intersections.  Ms. Williams stated that traffic in front of her had come to a standstill and she, therefore, could not get through the light while it was still green.  This is a good example of something that happens every day, and we all know how frustrating traffic can be.  We all want to get from Point A to Point B, and we all, quite frankly, do not like traffic.

However, even if the light is green, a car should not proceed through the intersection if traffic is backed up and blocking an intersection.  First, if cars are stuck in the intersection, traffic from the other direction can simply not get through.  Second, it puts drivers and passengers at risk to be stuck in the middle of the road.  This is potentially how the red-light accident involving Venus Williams happened.  Ms. Williams could have been significantly injured or killed, but in this particular case, Ms. Williams is fortunate to have not suffered any injuries.  Because of the fatal injuries suffered by the 78-year-old victim, Ms. Williams is now facing a wrongful death lawsuit.

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