Venus Williams legally entered an intersection before a fatal auto crash, but the tennis star was cut off by another vehicle, resulting in a collision with a third vehicle, according to police after reviewing a video just released on Friday.
Neither Williams nor the Barson family was in court Friday.
After the accident, Jerome Barson, 78, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash.
They are suing tennis star Venus Williams for wrongful death. It's unclear if this new evidence will change their minds. After the signal had turned green, the police said, Ms. Barson entered the intersection.
"We are confident that the evidence will show Ms. Williams was at fault", said Iscoe after the court hearing.
In the majority of traffic accidents, one driver can not hold the other driver liable following a Florida auto accident unless the serious injury threshold has been met, according to legal references.
On Friday, police announced that the investigation confirmed both drivers accounts of what happened. But lawyers will be hard-pressed to argue Williams was grossly negligent.
Barson initially claimed Williams' SUV darted into the intersection.
Venus Williams got the benefit of the doubt today, thanks to some new video.
Williams begins to enter the intersection, but brakes momentarily. She must not see Venus' vehicle though because she does not appear to slow down at all. The crash occurred when Williams started to legally proceed.
It had been thought that Williams, 37, had run a red light, failing to give way to the Barsons. She told police there was not enough time to stop, which resulted in her T-boning Williams' vehicle.
Williams, who is now playing in the Wimbledon and beat Naimi Osaka today to advance, was brought to tears on Sunday when asked about the crash.
Williams had a green light when she entered the intersection, police said.
"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", Steinger said in the statement.