Venus Williams' attorneys obtained an emergency court order stopping the inspection of the cars from a fatal accident involving the tennis star, according to multiple media reports.
Late last month, police concluded Williams was at fault for a June 9 collision that led to the death of Jerome Barson, which prompted a lawsuit from the Barson family.
According to media reports, Williams requested the family stop its examination of the two vehicles involved in the crash, with her attorney arguing they should not be examined for evidence and that no data should be taken from them. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, both vehicles are being stored at a West Palm Beach tow yard.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that the grounds for the court order are that Barson attorney Michael Steinger was planning to download information from the vehicles, and the attempt could fail and the data would be lost.
"The on-board data of both vehicles will be critical evidence," argued attorney Kevin Yombor. "The actions taken by Plaintiff should not occur until ... a procedure is in place to ensure that the data of each vehicle is properly collected."
Yombor asked for the judge to approve a joint inspection.
ABC News reported that Williams' motion maintained that Barson's daughter had provided less than one day's notice of a vehicle inspection.
According to the police report, Williams' 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV drove into an intersection in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., near her residence. The other driver, Linda Barson, the wife of Jerome Barson, said she could not stop her 2016 Hyundai Accent in time and hit Williams' car.
According to the police report, the 37-year-old Williams was at fault for violating the right of way of the other vehicle. Williams has not been cited or charged. The police report says she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Linda Barson also required hospitalization after she suffered "a cracked sternum, shattered right arm, broken right wrist, hand and fingers," according to the lawsuit filed by Steinger.