Tennis star Venus Williams, 37, will not be charged in connection with a traffic accident that caused the death of one man last June in Florida, according to police. The driver of the Hyundai that initially hit Williams’ SUV was also not charged.
Despite Palm Beach Gardens police initially finding Williams at fault, they eventually determined that neither party violated the right-of-way, according to a Reuters report.
Released surveillance video footage in July showed that Williams entered the intersection lawfully, but that a “dark-colored car” not involved in the collision forced her to stop. This, in turn, trapped Williams’ Toyota Sequoia in the intersection before the light turned red, Reuters reported.
When the traffic light changed, the sedan that T-boned Williams had a green light.
That sedan carried passenger Jerome Barson, 78. He died 13 days after the June 9 car crash due to complications from blunt traumatic injuries. His wife, Linda Barson, 68, was driving the vehicle and suffered broken bones.
“I was caught in the middle. I never saw that car coming,” Williams, who was not injured in the crash, told an officer at the scene.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion and older sister of tennis star Serena Williams posted on Facebook shortly after the accident that she was “devastated and heartbroken” by the fatal event. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers,” she wrote.
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