Venus Williams "devastated and heartbroken" by Fatal Accident Involving her vehicle

Emotional Venus breaks down after first round win

WIMBLEDON 2017 Emotional Venus breaks down after first round win TOBY MELVILLE REUTERS

The American tennis player got sued by Jerome Barson's family, the 78-year-old man who died in a vehicle crash apparently caused by Venus, who was found at fault for failing to yield the right of way. Her husband suffered head injuries and was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center, where he died on June 22.

The Barson family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams.

"I am devasted [sic] and heartbroken by this accident".

Williams claims that she entered the intersection while the light was green, but had to stop due to the traffic in front of her.

Williams' publicist confirmed to AP that she is still proceeding with her plans to compete at Wimbledon in London on July 3.

Palm Beach Gardens Maj Paul Rogers says the crash remains under investigation.


When questioned about how she was dealing with the crash, Williams teared up.

Venus Williams broke down and cried during her press conference at Wimbledon and it had nothing to do with her first-round win Monday.

Williams' attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, did not directly address the accident report's finding that his client was at fault, but said the tennis star was not issued "any citations or traffic violations". Williams eventually started crying and covered her face with her hand, before quietly saying, "Maybe I should go", and leaving the area.

"Regardless of her point of view, the police report was clear that "[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]".

According to police, Williams, 37, was crossing a junction in her Florida home town on June 9 when her vehicle collided with a auto being driven by Linda Barson, whose husband Jerome was in the passenger seat. The report says Williams was driving an estimated speed of eight kmh.

Police say Venus was at fault in the June 9 vehicle accident in Florida, although she was not issued a citation or charged with any crime.

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