Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Venus Williams 'lawfully entered' intersection in fatal vehicle crash

Surveillance video shows the intersection before the accident involving Williams Surveillance video shows the intersection before the accident involving Williams
Spencer Simpson | 09 July, 2017, 00:45

As tennis star Venus Williams is on the court at Wimbledon Friday, her attorneys will be in court in West Palm Beach trying to stop the family of Jerome Barson from independently inspecting his vehicle.

Police in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, announced Friday that Venus Williams entered an intersection legally before she was involved in a fatal vehicle accident last month. Once that vehicle passed her, Williams continued through the intersection, legally, even as her light turned red. Barson was driving a Hyundai Accent and had a red light as she approached the intersection, but it then turned green and she entered the intersection, clipping the right front of Williams' 2010 Toyota Sequoia, police said.

"Ms. Williams is grateful for the continued diligence and efforts of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department in its investigation", the statement continued.

Detectives in Florida released footage on Friday of the collision between a married couple and the tennis star, who was brought to tears at Wimbledon when she discussed the impact.

His estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tennis star, seeking damages in excess of $15,000.

The statement said the video showed that a auto not involved in the collision stalled Williams' progress, causing her to linger in the intersection. So the other car's driver, Jerome's wife Linda Barson, has a green light. "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".

While the new video has changed the department's opinion of the case, it may not be enough to absolve Williams of at least partial fault for the accident.

Williams has not been cited and the investigation continues.

Linda Barson claimed Williams had "suddenly darted" in front of her and said she didn't had time to stop. "There are no words to describe, like, how devastating and, yeah", she said haltingly.

Jerome Barson suffered head injuries and was rushed to St. Mary's Medical Center, where he died on June 22. "I'm completely speechless. It's just.", Williams said.

Williams, 37, is now playing at Wimbledon in London.

The revelation could not have come at a better time for Williams, who become overwhelmed with emotions during a Wimbledon post-match press conference earlier this week when she was asked about her June 30 Facebook statement regarding the incident.

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