Video footage from a Police body camera at the scene of Venus Williams car accident in Florida showed her speaking to the officer in the aftermath of the fatal crash which occurred on June 9.
The officer told Williams that she likely caused the crash but he wasn’t totally sure she was fully at fault. He said he didn’t cite her because the actions of a third driver put her in a “bad spot.” Williams is then heard telling the officer “I was caught in the middle. I never saw that car coming.”
“He had a green light, so you kind of violated his right of way,” the officer is heard saying in the footage. “So, I think you lost your right of way.
“You got stuck in a bad situation,” the officer continued. “I’m not giving you a citation because I don’t feel comfortable writing a citation when I’m not 100% sure. And I’m not 100% sure in this case because you had the right of way but lost the right of way.
The video also shows the other vehicle’s passenger, 78-year-old Jerome Barson and his wife, Linda, who was driving. Both their airbags deployed in the crash.
Unfortunately Jerome Barson died on June 22, nearly two weeks after the crash. He had a broken spine and internal injuries.
Security video previously released showed another car that was turning left had cut off Williams, forcing her to be trapped at an intersection. When she restarted, the light for the victim’s car had turned green and led to Williams’ SUV getting T-boned.
Williams’ lawyers wrote in a court filing last week that Jerome Barson would not have been seriously injured had he worn his seat belt. This contradicts the findings of Police investigation.
A police statement read “Based upon our ongoing investigation, there is evidence to indicate the Barsons were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash,”
A wrongful death lawsuit by the estate of Barson has been served on Williams, the auto negligence lawsuit was filed in Palm Beach County on June 30 and seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.