Police: Video shows Venus Williams legally entered intersection before crash

ESPN.com | 7/7/2017 | Staff
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tennis star Venus 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.

Light - Car - Turns - Six-lane - Boulevard

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 traveling south turns left in front of her, causing her to stop.

Venus Williams survived a first-set tiebreaker en route to beating Naomi Osaka to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon. Victoria Azarenka also advanced.

Straight - Lanes - SUV - Passenger - Side

She then continues straight, reaching the far, westbound lanes, where her SUV is struck in the passenger side by a 2016 Hyundai sedan driven by Linda Barson, who was traveling west.

Palm Beach Gardens police said in a statement Friday that Barson's light had turned green just before Williams moved in front of her. Barson's 78-year-old husband, Jerome Barson, died June 22 from injuries suffered in the crash.

Williams - Police - Spokesman - Maj - Paul

Williams, who was not hurt, has not been cited or charged. Police spokesman Maj. Paul Rogers said Friday the video has caused investigators to rescind their original conclusion that Williams was at fault, and said no blame has yet been determined.

Jerome Barson's estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams seeking unspecified damages. Linda Barson, 68, is recovering from a cracked sternum, shattered right arm, and broken right wrist, hand and fingers, according to the lawsuit.

Palm - Beach - Post - Reports - Attorneys

The Palm Beach Post reports that attorneys representing Williams and the Barson family agreed at a Friday court hearing on how...
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