Venus Williams Cleared of Wrongdoing in Fatal Car Crash After Release of New Video
Police said the tennis star "lawfully entered" the intersection.
Venus Williams didn’t break the law during a fatal car crash in Florida last month, although authorities previously said she was at fault.
A newly released video of the crash by Palm Beach Gardens police shows Williams' 2010 Toyota Sequoia entering an intersection on a six-lane highway while she had the green light.
In the video, Williams pauses before continuing into the intersection before her vehicle is T-boned by a Hyundai.
The Hyundai was driven by Linda Barson, whose 78-year-old husband, Jerome, later died of his injuries.
Police said the video was obtained from the guard gate of a nearby residential community, according to reports.
“The vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection to Ballenisles Drive,” police said in a statement that exonerated the tennis star.
Police initially said Williams was at fault and violated Barson’s right of way during the June 9 accident.
Williams broke down in tears Monday during her first public appearance since the crash before police released the new information.
“There's no words to describe,” she said. “I'm speechless.”
The Barson family filed a wrongful death suit against the seven-time Grand Slam winner after the crash.
It is not clear whether they will continue with the suit in light of new evidence.
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