Lawyers to see Venus Williams' cellphone records before, after crash

Lawsuit seeks damages from tennis star after 78-year-old man's death


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Records from Venus Williams' cellphone will be turned over to attorneys representing the family of a 78-year-old man who died after a June crash involving the tennis star.

The SunSentinel reported Tuesday that an agreement for the records was reached prior to a court hearing in a lawsuit filed against Williams.

Jerome Barson's family sought the records to find out if Williams was on the phone and distracted just prior to the crash.

Williams' lawyers said they will turn over phone records that span a two-and-a-half-hour period before and after the June 6 crash. Her lawyers said Williams wasn't distracted.

Barson died 13 days after police said Williams' Toyota Sequoia SUV slammed into the side of the Hyundai Accent that Barson's 68-year-old wife, Linda, was driving.

The crash took place in Palm Beach Gardens, not far from where Williams lives.

Initially, witnesses told police that Williams ran a red light, but police later said that surveillance video from the guard gate of a nearby residential community showed that Williams "lawfully entered the intersection."

The lawsuit claims that Williams, 37, was negligent behind the wheel. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, as well as funeral and medical expenses.

Court documents filed on behalf of Williams accuse Jerome Barson of not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Williams hasn't been cited or charged.