Venus Williams has won an emergency court order against the family suing her over the car crash death of a 78-year-old man, it emerged on Thursday. The court order will stop them from taking evidence from her car.
A judge in Palm Beach County, Florida, granted her request to stop the family of Jerome Barson from examining the two cars involved in the fatal crash.
Williams’s lawyers argued the vehicles should not be examined for evidence and that no data should be taken from them.
DailyMail reported that according to court documents, the family’s lawyer provided the athlete’s team with less than 24-hour notice that they were going to inspect and download data from the vehicles.
Williams feared critical evidence could be lost unintentionally if the cars were to be inspected and demanded the protective order until the court establishes a procedure for collecting evidence.
Both Williams’s Toyota Sequoia and Barson’s Hyundai Accent are being stored at Kauffs Transportation Systems in West Palm Beach.
It was a bittersweet start for Venus Williams at Wimbledon on Monday.
The American tennis player won her first round match in two sets, but also had to face the press for the first time since the deadly car crash that Florida police say she caused last month.
When questioned about how she was dealing with the crash, Williams teared up.
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