Cops: Video reveals Venus Williams drove '' legally ' prior to deadly crash

By Ralph Ellis CNN

(CNN)– Surveillance video showed tennis star Venus Williams was driving “legally” as she went into a crossway where a deadly mishap including her SUV occurred, police in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, stated Friday.

Cops stated the video was obtained from a property community near the crossway after they began examining the June 9 crash. The statement does not state who was at fault in the wreck that injured Jerome Barson, 78, who later passed away, and severely injured his other half, Linda.

“It has actually been figured out the vehicle owned by Venus Williams lawfully went into the crossway on a circular green traffic signal, and tried to travel north through the intersection to Ballenisles Drive,” cops stated in a declaration.

Williams pulled up as she took a trip through the intersection due to the fact that another automobile made a left turn in front of her, the declaration said. She then continued north, in accordance with state law, the statement stated.

“The vehicle driven by Linda Barson was traveling west on Northlake Blvd, in the outside lane, approaching a consistent red traffic signal,” the declaration said. “The traffic signal then cycled to green, at which time Barson continued westbound and got in the crossway. The front end of Barson’s automobile hit the ideal front of William’s (sic) car.”

A cops accident report issued earlier stated Williams was “at fault for violating the right-of-way” of the approaching cars and truck. No criminal charges have been submitted.

Jerome Barson passed away June 22 in a medical facility. The Barson family filed a wrongful death suit against Williams, mentioning negligence.

Meanwhile, a judge has actually given an emergency situation motion that will enable Williams’ SUV to be browsed in connection with the crash.

“They are happy the proof will be correctly analyzed and protected and it will show that Miss Williams is at fault,” stated Gary Iscoe, a lawyer for the Barson family.

CNN Sports acquired a declaration from Malcolm Cunningham, a lawyer for Williams, on why an emergency protective order was asked for:

“The lorries associated with the accident are believed to consist of vital info within their computer systems. It is important that the details be maintained so that it is readily available to both parties for evaluation to understand how the mishap happened. The motion for protective order guarantees both celebrations have adequate opportunity for their legal groups to prepare for an examination and to develop a procedure that will govern the examination which will guarantee extraction of vital info by both parties in a way that maintains the evidence.”

Williams, who just turned 37, is a seven-time Grand Slam champion. She remains in London dipping into Wimbledon, which she has actually won 5 times, the last time in 2008. Her next arranged match is Monday, in the round of 16.

Williams broke down in tears at Wimbledon when press reporters questioned her about the wreck.

“There are really no words to explain, like, how destructive and– yeah. I’m entirely speechless. It’s just …” Williams stated.

CNN’s Jill Martin and Chloe Melas contributed to this report.

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