Venus Williams 'devastated and heartbroken' over fatal USA vehicle crash

Posted July 04, 2017

A daughter of the victim has since filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Williams.

On Friday night, Williams released a statement about the accident on Facebook, admitting that she is "heartbroken" over what happened. I'm completely speechless and it's just...

The reporters gave Williams about a minute to collect herself, before she chose to end the press conference early.

TENNIS player Venus Williams posted publicly Friday night for the first time since she was found at fault in a auto crash that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man.

Williams's attorney Malcolm Cunningham denied the player was at fault in the accident after media outlets, citing a police report, said she had run a red light.

She initially responded and said: "There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating".

Williams is being sued by the wife of a 79-year-old man who died last month after his vehicle hit Williams auto. Journalists were informed she would not answer any questions about the crash.

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Venus Williams blamed in vehicle crash that killed 78-year-old man
Williams, a victor of seven Grand Slam singles titles, is expected to play in her 20th Wimbledon tournament in July. The driver's husband, Jerome Barson , was hospitalized with head trauma and never recovered, TMZ reported .

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She told investigators she had entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but had been forced to stop midpoint by traffic ahead of her.

The report says a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Barson's wife, Linda, crashed into the side of Williams' SUV.

"But according to authorities, "(Williams) is at fault for violating the right of way of (the Barsons)", the report said.

A five-time Wimbledon champion, Williams, seeded No. 10, had just defeated Elise Mertens, 7-6 (7), 6-4, in 1 hour, 40 minutes. Jerome Barson died two weeks after the crash, while Linda suffered moderate injuries.

It was a bittersweet start for Venus Williams at Wimbledon on Monday.