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

Tuesday, 04 Jul, 2017

Venus Williams has spoken for the first time about a auto crash she was involved in which led to the death of a 78-year-old man in Florida last month.

Venus Williams won her first tennis match since being sued by the estate of a Florida man who died after a vehicle crash police say she caused.

Williams, 37, reportedly ran a red light June 9 and hit a auto being driven by a woman named Linda Barson.

"I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident", Williams said in a Facebook post.

According to reports, witnesses told investigators that the 37-year-old ran a red light while driving her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, resulting to the crash.

A five-time Wimbledon champion, Williams, seeded No. 10, had just defeated Elise Mertens, 7-6 (7), 6-4, in 1 hour, 40 minutes.

"Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light".

Venus Williams answers questions at a press conference following a loss to sister Serena in the Australian Open final on Jan 28. Adding, "Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations".

The accident on June 9 left Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old passenger in the other auto, with fatal injuries.

According to reports, Barson suffered head trauma and spinal injuries, and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was placed in the ICU.

It has emerged over the last few days that in the wake of the accident, the widowed wife of 79-year-old Jerome Barson, Linda Barson, is now suing Venus Williams.

Williams is facing a lawsuit from the family of the victim.

Williams, who last won Wimbledon in 2008, was unable to convert two match points in the second set before a rain break, but she returned to serve out for victory.

As another round of competition kicks off at Wimbledon, the world-famous athlete couldn't avoid questions from the media about her involvement in a fatal auto accident.

Williams was driving her vehicle when Linda and Jerome were in their auto crossing an intersection.

However, Michael Cunningham, who is Williams' attorney, said that police have stated that his client was only driving at 5 miles per hour.

While it was the above exchange that provoked Venus Williams to crack and cry over the accident, she already had to contend with one or two other questions regarding the vehicle crash during the press conference.