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Venus Williams Legally Entered Intersection Before Fatal Crash

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Venus Williams between games on Monday at Wimbledon. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Saturday, 08 Jul 2017 09:50 AM

Venus Williams legally entered an intersection before a fatal car crash, but the tennis star was cut off by another car, resulting in a collision with a third car, according to police after reviewing a video just released on Friday.

Police said the new video has caused investigators to re-think their conclusion that Williams was at fault in the June 9 crash, according to ESPN. A final determination hasn't been made, police said, and the investigation is still open.

The two cars are being held at a tow yard and attorneys on both sides in the case agreed on Friday to exchange data downloaded from the onboard computer systems in their clients' cars that could provide details such as the speed and braking of the vehicles in the seconds before the crash, according to The Associated Press.

As explained by ESPN and the AP, the new security camera video shows Williams heading north after she exits her Palm Beach Gardens neighborhood and then stopping her SUV at a red light behind a white car.

The light then turns green, the white car turns left onto a six-lane boulevard, and Williams heads straight. Then a car heading south turns left in front of Williams, causing her to stop.

Williams then continues straight into the far, westbound lanes, where she is struck in the passenger side by a car traveling west, driven by Linda Barson.

Barson's light turned green just before Williams was in front of her, Palm Beach Gardens police said on Friday.

Williams has not been cited or charged and police spokesman Maj. Paul Rogers said the new video has caused investigators to re-evaluate their original conclusion that Williams was at fault, said ESPN.

Barson's husband, Jerome Barson, 78, died June 22 from injuries suffered in the crash.

Williams was not injued. Linda Barson, 68, suffered a cracked sternum, shattered right arm, and broken right wrist, hand and fingers, according to wrongful death suit filed lawsuit against Williams seeking unspecified damages.

Williams, 37, is now in England competing at Wimbledon. The 10th-seeded Williams, who has won her first three matches, broke down in tears on Monday when asked at a press conference about the crash, said the AP.

Michael Steinger, the attorney for the Barson family, said the new video still shows Williams causing the crash by "violating the Barsons' right of way. "

"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," Steinger said in a statement.

Williams' attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, disagreed, saying in a statement that Linda Barson was at fault.

Williams "had the right to proceed through the intersection and other vehicles including those with a red light changing to green, were obligated to yield the right-of-way," Cunningham said, adding, "she remains deeply saddened by the loss suffered by the Barson family and continues to keep them in her thoughts and prayers."

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