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Police Release Venus Williams Car Crash Footage (Video)

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Police in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, released a surveillance video (below) on July 7 of Venus Williams' car crash from June 9.

The video footage shows Williams' black SUV driving halfway into an intersection, and slowing down for a car in front, TMZ reports. Williams then tries to cross the intersection, when her car is T-boned by a Hyundai.

According to the gossip site, Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a green light, but the light had turned red as she waited for the car in front of her to go. The Hyundai reportedly had a green light when it crashed into Williams' car.

Jerome Barson, 78, a passenger in the Hyundai, was injured and died two weeks later.  A police report released on June 27 says Barson's wife Linda was driving the 2016 Hyundai Accent that crashed into the side of Williams' SUV. Jerome Barson's estate filed a lawsuit against the tennis star for speeding and negligence.

The Barson family's lawyer told TMZ that the video supported their version: "The video released by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department continues to support the fact that Ms. Williams remained in the intersection at a red light, violating the Barson’s 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."

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In the video, the Hyundai is the only car that drives forward on the green light.

Lawyers for the Barson family and Williams agreed to share downloaded information about the crash in the next 72 hours.

The police originally blamed Williams for the crash on June 29, noted The Associated Press.

According to the police report, witnesses said Williams ran a red light, and caused the crash. Linda told the cops she was driving towards the intersection when the traffic light turned green, and she could not stop.

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Williams told police she entered the intersection on a green light, but had to stop halfway because of traffic in front, which is what the video shows. Williams said she did not see Barson's car as she attempted to cross the rest of the intersection.

The police released an updated statement on the city of Palm Beach Gardens' website on July 7:

After the initial investigation was conducted, new evidence into the incident was located. Video surveillance footage was obtained from a community south of the intersection which recorded the traffic crash. Based on the evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation, it has been determined the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal...

...The vehicle driven by Linda Barson was traveling west on Northlake Blvd, in the outside lane, approaching a steady red traffic signal. The traffic signal then cycled to green, at which time Barson continued westbound and entered the intersection. The front end of Barson’s vehicle collided with the right front of William’s vehicle. This updated information, based upon new evidence, is still under investigation.

Sources: TMZ, AP via TIME, Palm Beach Gardens / Photo Credit: Tatiana/Flickr, Kryp/Wikimedia Commons, Bastique/Wikimedia Commons

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