Tennis star Venus Williams has been vindicated in a case where she was initially thought to be at fault in a car accident on June 9 that ended in one death. At a recent press conference two days before the Wimbleton opener, she broke down when asked about the incident and left the room.
According to USA Today, police said new video footage showed Williams entered the intersection legally before the collision with a car in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The accident left Linda Barson with multiple injuries and her husband, Jerome Barson later died.
According to a statement by police, Williams entered the intersection and stopped because another vehicle made a left turn in front of her. Williams was still in the intersection when the light turned green in the other direction. At that point, the car driven by Barson collided with her SUV.
Malcolm Cunningham, Williams’ lawyer, told USA TODAY that this update proves his client’s innocence.
“As the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department points out, once Ms. Williams entered the intersection lawfully, she 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 to Ms. Williams.”
A lawsuit had been filed against Williams on behalf of Barson’s estate.
Meanwhile, Bill Cosby’s case is far from over. A retrial date has been set for November 6 on charges that he drugged and molested a Pennsylvania woman more than a decade ago.
Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial on June 17 when the jury failed to reach a verdict in more than 52 hours of deliberations over six days. Accuser Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, met Cosby, who was on Temple’s Board of Trustees in 2004. She said after they became friends, the actor-comedian sexually assaulted her. Cosby did not testify and is not expected to do so in November. He maintains that sex between them was consensual.