Venus Williams Entered Intersection Legally Moments Before Fatal Crash

  • Venus Williams Entered Intersection Legally Moments Before Fatal Crash

Venus Williams Entered Intersection Legally Moments Before Fatal Crash

An earlier police report had deemed Ms Williams "at fault for violating the right of way" in the June 9 crash when she collided with the smaller Hyundai Accent driven by Linda Barson, 68.

As she then began to move forwards, a second vehicle - travelling in a different direction - entered the intersection on a green traffic signal, and the two cars collided. The traffic signal then cycled to green, at which time Barson continued westbound and entered the intersection. Attorneys for Barson's estate accused Williams of running a red light, failing to yield the right of way, inattentive driving and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Previously, Williams had been found at fault for the auto accident on June 9 that claimed the life of 78-year-old Jerome Barson.

"Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal", the statement said. A final determination hasn't been made, police said, and the investigation is still open.

Attorneys for Barson's family wanted to immediately download crash data from the Hyundai, but on Wednesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Cymonie Rowe granted an emergency motion by Williams' attorneys to temporarily stop the Barson family's attorneys.

Police said new footage had emerged taken from the entrance to the gated community where Williams lives.

Meanwhile, the wrongful death lawsuit against Williams also continues. So the other car's driver, Jerome's wife Linda Barson, has a green light.

According to the police report, witnesses said Williams ran a red light, and caused the crash. Williams said she did not see Barson's vehicle as she attempted to cross the rest of the intersection.

Williams' attorney Malcolm Cunningham said Friday it was Linda Barson's obligation to make sure no cars remained in the intersection before she entered.

"There are no words to describe, like, how devastating and, yeah", she said haltingly. Authorities did not cite Williams and the investigation is still ongoing. Williams, who is competing at Wimbledon now, is trying to put the accident behind her.

Jerome Barson was a passenger in the auto that struck Williams' 4WD, which was in the intersection.

Williams advanced to the round of 16 by winning her match on Friday against the 19-year-old Naomi Osaka, 7-6 (3), 6-4.