Footage from a body camera showing the moments following Venus Williams’ car accident on June 9 was released today.
In the video obtained by The Palm Beach Post, police inform Williams that she was “at fault” in the car crash that resulted in the death of the other driver. But in spite of that initial conclusion, police stated weeks later Williams had “lawfully entered the intersection” and told People that there was “no final determination” of fault in the incident.
During the footage, an officer told Williams that she had violated the way of the other vehicle, but that she would not be getting a citation.
Officer David Dowling said to Williams as she waited in her vehicle,
“You were at fault. You just got stuck in a bad situation here. Let the insurance companies work it out. I don’t feel comfortable writing you a citation when I’m not 100 percent sure, and I’m not 100 percent sure in this case.”
“I never saw that car coming, so I don’t know if they – I don’t think they stopped at the red light.”
Because the light was changing at the time, Dowling told Williams she “kind of violated his right of way.”
According to the police, Williams was travelling north when she entered the intersection during a green light. However, because of traffic, she had to wait in the intersection while another car “entered the intersection traveling south, and made a left turn in front of Williams’ vehicle, causing her to stop advancing through the intersection to avoid a collision.”
During that time the other light turned green, and moments later a third vehicle T-boned Williams’ vehicle, according to the press release. Williams was moving at about 5 mph when her vehicle was hit.
Jerome and Linda Barson were in the other vehicle involved in the accident. Jerome is seen in one video saying, “I’m a little confused.” He died two weeks later from his injuries from the crash. His widow, Linda, has filed a wrongful death suit against Williams.
See the latest body camera footage below: