No fault found in Venus Williams crash


Tennis player Venus Williams has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a case related to a vehicle crash in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida last June, which resulted in the death of a 78-year-old passenger.

Police initially found Williams at fault for the accident, but they later released a statement saying she entered the intersection legally.

"Based upon this investigation and relevant Florida state statutes, no charges will be filed in this case", reads the assessment of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, as the local Sun Sentinel newspaper reports. When the sedan cleared her path, Williams began moving forward in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia but that put her in the path of the Barsons, who now had the green light.

Williams came to a stop as she traveled north through the intersection "to avoid a collision" when a vehicle going west made a left turn in front of her, according to authorities.

The Barson family attorney Michael Steinger, said Dowling's conclusion are wrong.

An investigation supported by video surveillance showed Williams did not violate the other driver's right of way, the Palm Beach Gardens Police said in an investigative report obtained by CNN affiliate WPBF.

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"The unknown dark-colored vehicle ... started a sequence of events resulting in [Barson] crashing into [Williams]", the report said.

Barson's husband, Jerome, was riding in the auto with her at the time of the wreck June 9.

Williams broke down when quizzed about the crash during a Wimbledon press conference last summer.

Body camera footage released weeks later offered a closer look at the accident's aftermath, during which the officer on the scene told Williams he'd say she was at fault - but added, "I don't feel comfortable writing a citation when I'm not a hundred percent sure, and I'm not a hundred percent sure in this case".

She has career on-court earnings of almost $40 million, her own clothing line and endorsement deals with Ralph Lauren, Kraft foods, Tide detergent and Wilson sporting goods.