In June, tennis champion, Venus Williams, was declared at fault in a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida car crash that caused the death of 78-year-old Jerome Barson. Not long after, police declared that the tennis champion was driving "lawfully," according to CNN.
In body camera footage released this week by TMZ, it has been revealed that the police officer who responded to the scene wasn't sure who was at fault either.
“You just got stuck in a bad situation there,” the officer said in the video. “Let the insurance companies work it out. I’m not giving you a citation. 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.”
ABC News shared the footage:
However, despite the officer's hesitation about the matter, a police report filed by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department states that Williams failed to yield the right of way to the couple, who entered the intersection in which the crash occurred on a green light, just as the signal changed.
Williams found herself in the intersection trying to avoid crashing into a car making a quick left turn in front of her.
The Barson vehicle then ran into the front of Williams' car.
Jerome Barson was sitting in the car's passenger seat; his wife, Linda, was behind the wheel.
After reviewing the incident, authorities decided that Williams didn't do anything illegal, and stated that she was not to blame for the collision.
Nevertheless, Linda Barson has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams.
After the incident, Williams traveled to Wimbledon. There, according to The Guardian, she struggled to answer reporters' questions about the crash. “There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and – yeah. I’m completely speechless. It’s just – yeah, I mean, I’m just …," she said, before walking out of the press conference in tears.
At the event, she did her best to keep her head on the court, cutting down her rivals with practiced ease before being defeated in the finals by Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza.
Soon, Williams will face Barson in a different sort of court. It remains to be seen whether Williams will have to pay Barson for the death of her husband; however, if the tennis champ has insurance, that will likely shield her from large financial damages.