Police: Venus Williams driving ‘lawfully’ at time of fatal crash

first_img(FILES) This file photo taken on June 2, 2017 shows US Venus Williams as she plays against Belgium’s Elise Mertens during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURENew evidence shows Venus Williams was driving “lawfully” when she was involved in a deadly car crash that sparked a lawsuit against the tennis star, police in Florida said Friday.An initial police report on the June 9 crash in Palm Beach Gardens described Williams as being “at fault” in the incident.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend On Friday, Palm Beach Gardens police issued a statement saying new video obtained of the collision showed 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 to BallenIsles Drive.”She was forced to halt in the intersection when a south-bound vehicle turned in front of her, police said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOnce that car passed, Williams began to proceed through the intersection, also in accordance with traffic laws.By that time, however, the light had changed and a vehicle driven by Linda Barson, traveling west on an intersecting street, collided with Williams’ car. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heat make it official, signing Waiters, Johnson and Olynyk Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Barson’s husband, 78-year-old Jerome Barson, died on June 22 of injuries sustained in the crash.Barson’s family filed a lawsuit against Williams in Palm Beach County claiming she “negligently operated” her vehicle.She has not been cited for any violation, and police said Friday their investigation continues.Michael Steinger, a lawyer for the Barsons, said the video confirmed that Williams blocked his clients’ right of way.“The video released by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department (PBGPD) continues to support the fact that Ms Williams remained in the intersection at a red light, violating the Barsons’ right of way,” Steinger said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES “There is nothing that disputes Ms Williams was in the intersection on a red light, and the witnesses clearly confirm the Barsons’ had a green light and lawfully entered the intersection.”Williams, 37, reached the last 16 at Wimbledon on Friday. Earlier in the week at the All England Club, she broke down in tears during a press conference when asked about the crash.Lawyers for both sides were in court on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, where Williams’ attorney wanted a judge to set guidelines on how both parties could inspect the cars involved and retrieve data from on-board computers.Williams’ lawyer had obtained an emergency court order preventing the Barson family from unilaterally inspecting the vehicles. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img