A new video showing the accident involving tennis great Venus Williams as she enters the intersection legally before getting t-boned by another car. Jerome Barson was killed in the ensuing crash. Barson’s widow, Linda who was driving that day is suing Williams over her husband’s death. The new footage is described as this:
Venus Williams had a green light to enter the intersection where her fatal June collision with an elderly couple occurred, new video released Friday revealed, as her lawyer said she could be cleared.
The newly discovered footage of the June 9 crash shows Williams being T-boned at speed by the elderly couple. It was released by police who said she the case remained under investigation.
William’s lawyers are hoping the police will change their report and clear Williams of all blame.
‘Based on the evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation, it has been determined the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal,’ Major Paul Rogers of the PBGPD said in a statement.
There had been no suggestion Venus entered the junction illegally.
A police report into the fatal June 9 collision stated that Williams was at fault because she turned left into the path of the car in which Jerome Barson, 78, was a passenger.
But at a court hearing to thrash out how the two sides will share evidence extracted from the two mangled vehicles, her lawyer Malcolm Cunningham suggested cops could change their tune – and sensationally clear the tennis superstar.
‘That’s not a complete final report – it can be updated,’ Cunningham told reporters outside a courthouse in Palm Beach County, Florida. Williams was not present as she is playing at Wimbledon.
‘Venus Williams entered that intersection on a green light, her progress was impeded and she had the right by state law to get through the intersection,’ he added.
The video would appear to support that, although police made clear that the matter was still ‘under investigation’.