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Venus Williams, 2nd driver won't be charged in fatal crash, police say

22 December 2017

Jerome Barson, the 78-year-old passenger in the other auto, was admitted to hospital.

On June 9, Williams was involved in a auto collision with Jerome Barson and his wife near Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. His wife suffered a broken arm and other injuries.

Police concluded an unidentified third vehicle had illegally cut off the tennis pro as she tried to cross a busy six-lane highway near her home, trapping her in the intersection. Yet not long afterward, police announced that surveillance footage appeared to show a different story - that Williams had actually entered the intersection legally before she was cut off and, in the words of The Associated Press, set off "a chain of events that seconds later resulted in a fatal crash with a third vehicle".

An investigation found that Williams had a green light when she entered a busy intersection before a vehicle turning left in front of her forced her to stop. Serena debuted her glamorous new hairstyle on Instagram this week, revealing to fans that she'd traded in her usual dark hair for dark brown and honey blond waves.

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Williams has not commented publicly on the report reportedly clearing her of blame.

"I was caught in the middle".

At last word, the civil suit filed by Barson's family against Williams is ongoing.

In a police report released shortly after the accident, it was indicated that Williams had been deemed "at fault" in the fatal accident.

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According to ESPN.com news services, police said Williams "was cut off by another vehicle, setting off a chain of events that seconds later resulted in a fatal crash with a third auto".

She broke down in tears when asked about the crash and Jerome Barson's death at a tournament press conference.

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".

Barson's daughter, Audrey Gassner-Dunayer, has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion.

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Venus Williams, 2nd driver won't be charged in fatal crash, police say