Cops: Venus Williams Didn't Run Red Light

Video shows tennis star entered intersection legally moments before crash
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2017 6:00 AM CDT

A new video shows Venus Williams legally entered an intersection but was cut off by another car moments before a fatal crash, reports USA Today. Police in Palm Beach Gardens say footage captured by a security camera reveals the tennis star's Toyota SUV stops at a light at 1pm on June 9, and then proceeds on green before colliding with another car. Passenger Jerome Barson, 78, died June 22 from his injuries, and his wife, Linda, who was driving, suffered multiple injuries. The family sued Williams for negligence for causing the accident. Police initially faulted Williams, but changed that version in a statement on Friday, saying no blame had yet been determined, per the AP. The video shows that William has to stop in the intersection when a dark sedan makes a left turn in front of her.

Williams then continues north just as Linda Barson's light turned green. Barson's Hyundai sedan proceeds westbound and hits Williams' passenger side. Williams, 37, was not injured. Police say Williams continued through the intersection "in accordance" with the law. But the Barsons' lawyer says in a statement the video shows Williams was in the intersection on a red light. "The witnesses clearly confirm the Barsons had a green light and lawfully entered the intersection." Williams' lawyer disputed that, saying she "had the right to proceed through the intersection and other vehicles including those with a red light changing to green, were obligated to yield the right-of-way." Williams, who is playing at Wimbledon, beat Japan's Naomi Osaka on Friday to advance to the fourth round. (More Venus Williams stories.)

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