New Evidence Suggests Venus Williams Was Not At Fault For Car Accident

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Police say the video shows tennis star Venus Williams legally entered an intersection seconds before she drove into the path another auto, resulting in a fatal accident.

Williams is being sued for the crash that killed Jerome Barson, 78, and seriously injured his wife Linda in Palm Beach Gardens back in June. The other driver, Linda Barson, the wife of Jerome Barson, said she could not stop her 2016 Hyundai Accent in time and hit Williams' auto. "There is nothing that disputes Ms. Williams' was in the intersection on a red light, and the witnesses clearly confirm the Barsons' had a green light and lawfully entered the intersection".

Williams' lawyer, Malcolm Cunningham, said it was Mrs. Barson's obligation to make sure no cars remained in the intersection before she entered.

Venus' attorney added that she "remains deeply saddened by the loss suffered by the Barson family and continues to keep them in her thoughts and prayers". Investigators initially said she was at fault, but the video footage caused them to rescind that conclusion, and that no blame has yet been determined. A data download of the Toyota could provide the same information for Williams' vehicle, which is being stored at a West Palm Beach, Fla., tow yard along with the Hyundai.

Police said the crash continues to be under investigation based on the new evidence.

Williams, who faces a wrongful death lawsuit, issued a statement last Friday evening.

When the light turns green, the white auto turns left onto a six-lane carriageway, but Williams heads straight on.

"Video surveillance footage was obtained from a community south of the intersection which recorded the traffic crash", the police department's statement said.

On Friday, a judge granted an emergency motion that will allow Williams' SUV to be searched in connection with the crash.

Jerome Barson was a passenger in the vehicle that struck Williams' 4WD, which was in the intersection.

While discussing her first-round victory at Wimbledon on Monday, Williams broke down after reporters asked a question about the crash. The collision occurred when she started to legally proceed.

Williams, a former world number one, won her third-round match at Wimbledon on Friday.

Williams' attorney told us while Venus is distraught, she was following the rules of the road.

"There's no words to describe", she said. It's just yeah, I mean, I'm just.' she said.

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