Police have stated that the car crash that killed 78-year old Jerome Barson was not caused by tennis legend, Venus Williams.
Police located “surveillance footage … obtained from a community south of the intersection which recorded the traffic crash,” and decided that Venus was driving lawfully, based on the footage.
The Associated Press describes what police found as follows:
“Williams legally entered an intersection but was cut off by another car, setting off a chain of events that seconds later resulted in a fatal crash with a third car, police say video released Friday shows.
“The video, taken by a security camera, shows Williams heading north as she stops her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV at a stoplight behind a white car as she exits her Palm Beach Gardens neighborhood shortly after 1 p.m. June 9.
“When the light turns green, the white car turns left onto a six-lane, heavily traveled boulevard, but Williams heads straight. A dark colored sedan turns left in front of her, causing her to stop.
“She then continues straight into the far, westbound lanes, where her SUV is struck in the passenger’s side by a 2016 Hyundai sedan driven by Linda Barson.”
Barson’s family has already filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams and will be seeking unspecified damages.
In a post on her Facebook page, Williams had written: “I am devasted [sic] and heartbroken by this accident. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”