Police: Williams lawfully entered intersection before fatal crash


WASHINGTON — Tennis star Venus Williams had lawfully entered an intersection before a fatal crash last month which resulted in her being sued, police in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida said Friday.

Police in the upscale community released a video from a surveillance camera showing Williams’ sport utility vehicle (SUV) entering the intersection on a green light.

Her vehicle stops to avoid a collision with another turning left in front of her. Williams then proceeds across the other lanes of the intersection and is struck.

The women driving the car that struck Williams’ SUV in the June 9 crash also had a green light, police said. Linda Barson, 68, survived the crash, but her husband Jerome, 78, who was a passenger, died 13 days later.

The Barson family filed a wrongful-death suit seeking to hold Williams responsible for Jerome Barson’s death.

Williams, 37, is currently playing at Wimbledon in London. She defeated Naomi Osaka to advance to the fourth round with a victory on Friday and is scheduled to play again on Monday.

She was brought to tears on Sunday when asked about the crash during a news conference.

“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and – yeah. I’m completely speechless,” she said.

Palm Beach Gardens Police told the Palm Beach Post that police are still working to identify the driver of the car that turned in front of Williams prior to the collision.

Williams has not been cited and the investigation continues.