Venus Williams will not face any criminal charges related to a fatal June traffic accident she was involved in near her Florida home, police said on Wednesday.
The Palm Beach Police have released an 18-page report on the vehicle crash involving Venus Williams last July.
Jerome Barson, 78, died from injuries sustained when his wife Linda's auto collided with the tennis star's vehicle in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9. An initial police report found Williams at fault and responsible for the tragic event, which prompted the Barson's family to file for a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams.
However, the final report found that neither Williams nor the Barsons had violated the rule and no charges would be filed in the auto collision.
Jerome Barson died 13 days after the crash from complications involving blunt force trauma from the accident.
After the sedan cleared the way, Williams began moving forward putting her in the path of the Barsons, who now had the light. "I never saw that vehicle coming", Williams told an officer at the scene.
Earlier this year, Williams' attorneys filed a protective order, saying they got less than 24 hours' notice that the Barson family's counsel was going to download vehicle data from the tennis star's SUV, CNN affiliate WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach reported. "Ms Williams clearly violated our client's right of way because our client had a green light, as indicated in each and every police report issued in this case to date", Steinger said.
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".
Surveillance video released in July supported Williams' account of the crash, showing that she was cut off by a left-turning Nissan Altima as she passed through the intersection, causing her to stop momentarily.