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Unseen blood-splattered pictures of Venus Williams’ fatal car crash with elderly victim

This is the bloody aftermath of the horrifying car crash that left an elderly man dead and threatened to derail Venus Williams’ glittering tennis career.

Never-before-seen images obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show the mangled wreckage of Jerome Barson’s vehicle after it slammed into Williams’ SUV at a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, intersection.

A photo taken inside the granddad’s crumpled Hyundai Accent shows blood spattered across the seats, the windshield caved in and deflated airbags draped over the dashboard.

Williams walked away unharmed from the shuddering collision near her home on June 7, 2017, but 78-year-old Barson had to be cut free and rushed to the hospital. He died 13 days later.

Jerome Barson (left) died after the sedan his wife Linda (right) was driving T-boned Venus Williams' SUV in an intersection near the tennis pro's home

Venus Williams was involved in a car crash that fatally injured Jerome Barson, 78, (pictured with his wife Linda right) in an accident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on June 9, 2017

Never before seen images obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show the mangled wreckage of Jerome Barson's vehicle (left) after it slammed into Williams' SUV at an intersection

Never before seen images obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show the mangled wreckage of Jerome Barson’s vehicle (left) after it slammed into Williams’ SUV at an intersection

A photo taken inside the granddad's crumpled Hyundai Accent shows blood spattered across the seats, the windshield caved in and deflated airbags draped over the dashboard

A photo taken inside the granddad’s crumpled Hyundai Accent shows blood spattered across the seats, the windshield caved in and deflated airbags draped over the dashboard

Pictured: Dried blood splattered across the seat where Barson was sitting at the time of the fatal car crash 

Pictured: Dried blood splattered across the seat where Barson was sitting at the time of the fatal car crash 

Images obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show how the impact completely destroyed the front-end of the smaller Hyundai (pictured)

Images obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show how the impact completely destroyed the front-end of the smaller Hyundai (pictured)

His wife Linda, 69, who was behind the wheel of the couple’s compact, survived but suffered a broken arm and other injuries.

The family sued Williams for wrongful death but Palm Beach County court records show the bitterly contested case was settled in November.

A police investigation cleared both drivers of fault and instead blamed an unidentified third vehicle for setting off the fatal chain of events.

The two vehicles collided on June 9, 2017 as Williams left the upscale gated community where she has owned a home for the past 20 years and entered a busy six-lane intersection.

She started to turn left on a green light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia but was cut up by a dark sedan and forced to stop, according to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.

Williams was left stranded in the middle of the intersection and by the time she was able to move again she was directly in the path of the Barsons, who by now had a green light.

Police determined that their 2016 Hyundai Accent slammed head on into the passenger side of the tennis icon’s vehicle at 40 mph.

Jerome Barson was cut free and taken to the hospital with internal bleeding and organ damage but died two weeks later – on his wife’s 68th birthday. 

The images formed part of a probe by lead investigator Officer David Dowling, who said in his final report that neither driver would face charges. Pictured: Barson's crumpled Hyundai 

The images formed part of a probe by lead investigator Officer David Dowling, who said in his final report that neither driver would face charges. Pictured: Barson’s crumpled Hyundai 

Barson's family sued Williams for wrongful death but Palm Beach County court records show the bitterly contested case was settled in November. Pictured: Barson's vehicle 

Barson’s family sued Williams for wrongful death but Palm Beach County court records show the bitterly contested case was settled in November. Pictured: Barson’s vehicle 

The two vehicles collided on June 9, 2017 as Williams left the upscale gated community and entered a busy six-lane intersection. Pictured: The deployed airbag of the car Barson was in at the time of the crash 

The two vehicles collided on June 9, 2017 as Williams left the upscale gated community and entered a busy six-lane intersection. Pictured: The deployed airbag of the car Barson was in at the time of the crash 

In stark contrast, Williams' Toyota (pictured) escaped major damage, suffering dents and scratches to the front passenger corner and wheel arch

In stark contrast, Williams’ Toyota (pictured) escaped major damage, suffering dents and scratches to the front passenger corner and wheel arch

The plush, leather-bound interior of Williams' vehicle looked completely untouched, with two white USB chords dangling from the center console (pictured)

The plush, leather-bound interior of Williams’ vehicle looked completely untouched, with two white USB chords dangling from the center console (pictured)

In the back of Williams’ car there were papers, receipts and trash strewn across the back seat

Images obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show how the impact completely destroyed the front-end of the smaller Hyundai. 

Harrowing pictures of the interior reveal blood stains on the passenger seat where Jerome Barson was sat as well as what looks like a surgical brace left behind by medics.

In stark contrast, Williams’ Toyota escaped major damage, suffering dents and scratches to the front passenger corner and wheel arch.

The plush, leather-bound interior of her vehicle looked completely untouched, with two white USB chords dangling from the center console, and papers, receipts and trash strewn across the back seat.

The images formed part of a probe by lead investigator Officer David Dowling, who said in his final report that neither driver would face charges.

He concluded that the only violation was committed by the mystery motorist and that state law required Williams to exit the intersection once she had entered it.

His analysis confirmed that Linda Barson also waited for the lights to go green before proceeding.

Officer David Dowling concluded that the only violation was committed by the mystery motorist and that state law required Williams to exit the intersection once she had entered it

Officer David Dowling concluded that the only violation was committed by the mystery motorist and that state law required Williams to exit the intersection once she had entered it

Barson's family's attorneys alleged that Williams was distracted by her phone and filed a motion to subpoena all the electronic devices she had with her at the time. Pictured: Williams' SUV after the accident 

Barson’s family’s attorneys alleged that Williams was distracted by her phone and filed a motion to subpoena all the electronic devices she had with her at the time. Pictured: Williams’ SUV after the accident 

She was obliged to make sure the intersection was clear but Dowling did not believe she should face any action.

Filed less than a month after the accident, the Barson family’s wrongful death suit sought unspecified damages for loss of companionship, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and medical and funeral expenses.

Their attorneys alleged that Williams was distracted by her phone shortly before the 1.11pm smash and filed a motion to subpoena all the electronic devices she had with her at the time.

Williams resisted, calling the request a ‘wild goose chase’ and arguing that handing over her cell would allow ‘unfettered and unlimited access to anything and everything on her phone’.

The five-time Wimbledon champion provided records showing that between 12.27pm and 1:37pm her phone uploaded 881,646 bytes of data and downloaded 4,292,331 bytes of data.

However her court filing argued the phone was passively uploading and downloading content and that it had nothing to do with the tragic accident.

Photos from the crash scene show the Barsons' vehicle crashed on the side of the road, with the front of the 2016 Hyundai Accent completely crumpled in on itself

Photos from the crash scene show the Barsons’ vehicle crashed on the side of the road, with the front of the 2016 Hyundai Accent completely crumpled in on itself

Filed less than a month after the accident, the Barson family's wrongful death suit sought unspecified damages for loss of companionship, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and medical and funeral expenses

Filed less than a month after the accident, the Barson family’s wrongful death suit sought unspecified damages for loss of companionship, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and medical and funeral expenses

Police listed Williams as the person at fault in the accident, but so far there is no evidence she was distracted or under the influence

Police listed Williams as the person at fault in the accident, but so far there is no evidence she was distracted or under the influence

The Barsons insisted they needed to know what the phone was doing in the precise seconds before the collision and their motion for forensic inspection was approved on August 31 of this year.

However 10 days later the Barson estate filed a proposal for a settlement, which was reached on November 15.

No details have been shared by either side but both parties reportedly paid their own attorneys’ fees.

Former world number one Venus resumed her tennis career just weeks after the accident, breaking down in tears at Wimbledon when she faced questions from the media for the first time.

‘There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and yeah I’m completely speechless. It’s just yeah, I mean, I’m just,’ she said, before tailing off and leaving the room.

She composed herself and returned moments later, adding: ‘I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. That’s all I can say about it. That’s what I’ve learned.’ 

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