According to the Palm Beach Gardens police report, Williams’s vehicle was illegally cut off as she tried to cross a six-lane highway near her home, setting off a chain reaction in which Barson’s vehicle T-boned Williams’s. The report indicated Williams legally entered the intersection with a green light from her gated neighborhood. As she began to cross, a third car cut her off and forced her to stop. When that car moved, Williams went forward, but was in the path of Barson, who by then had the green light. The cars collided at about 40 mph.
“I was caught in the middle. I never saw that car coming,” Williams told an officer at the scene.
Authorities initially said Williams had run a red light, then determined from surveillance footage that Williams had legally entered the intersection. Body camera footage later released showed an officer at the scene telling Williams that he’d say she was at fault but, he 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.”
In June, Williams had written on Facebook that she was “devastated and heartbroken by this accident. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson, and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”