After Investigation, Tennis star, Venus Williams and a second driver who were involved in a car crash that left one dead on 9th of June in Florida will not be charged, says authorities.
Video Surveillance showed Williams did not violate any law, Palm Beach Gardens Police said in an investigative report.
Palm Beach Gardens Police obtained a video of the collision. Based on the video, police said in a statement shortly after the crash that, “the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection.”
Williams came to a stop as she traveled through the intersection heading north “to avoid a collision” when a car going west made a left turn in front of her, according to authorities.
She then continued north, before another car collided with her vehicle.
The accident, in which one driver’s Hyundai Accent crashed into Williams Toyota Sequoia, left Jerome Barson dead (he died in the hospital two weeks later) and his wife injured including a broken arm.
His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams, citing negligence.
An attorney for Williams said that:
“once Ms Williams entered the intersection, she had the right to proceed through the intersection and other vehicles, including those with a red light changing to green, were obliged to yield the right-of-way to Ms Williams.”
“Ms Williams is grateful for the continued diligence and efforts of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department in its investigation,” he added. “At the same time, as this process moves forward, she remains deeply saddened by the loss suffered by the Barson family and continues to keep them in her thoughts and prayers.”