New video of Venus Williams’s deadly car crash supports her claim that she did nothing illegal, Florida cops say.
Footage of the crash early last month shows that the tennis star’s SUV entered an intersection legally, on a green light, before it collided with the vehicle carrying Jerome Barson, Palm Beach Gardens police said Friday.
Barson, a 78-year-old being driven by his wife Linda, died weeks later at a local hospital, and his family has sued Williams for allegedly causing the crash and running a red light.
The Palm Beach Gardens Police said that Williams, 37, drove forward on a green light, but stopped her Toyota Sequoia in the intersection because a Nissan passed in front of her.
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She then pulled forward and was t-boned by Barsons’s Hyundai Accent as its light turned green.
Barson’s family claim that Williams violated multiple traffic laws was backed up by a police report saying that Williams had violated the couple’s right of way.
However, the Friday police statement does not mention any such wrongdoing, but said that the investigation is ongoing.
Williams, who has blamed the crash on the fact that she stopped because of congestion, broke down when asked about it at a Wimbledon press conference this week.
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“I am completely speechless and it’s just. I mean, I’m just,” she said before crying, later posting on Facebook that she is “heartbroken.”
Jerome Barson suffered injuries including severed arteries, organ damage and a fractured spine, his family’s lawsuit said. Linda Barson, 68, suffered a cracked sternum and a shattered arm.
This is a developing story and will be updated
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