Venus Williams 'heartbroken' by crash

Emotional Venus breaks down after first round win

Williams is being sued by the estate of a 78-year-old Florida man who died almost two weeks after a June 9th auto crash Florida police say she caused.

Pro-tennis star Venus Williams, 37, was involved in a auto accident early this month in Florida, which killed a 78-year-old man.

But still, Williams, as we stated above, according to the police report, is considered "at fault".

On Friday evening, Venus Williams posted this statement on Facebook: "I am devasted [sic] and heartbroken by this accident".

Williams had to walk out of a press conference today after her first-round win over Elise Mertens at Wimbledon.

Esther Barson, 68, was traveling west on Northlake Boulevard and told police she proceeded through a green light.

"Maybe I should go", Williams said as she left the media room before returning to answer a few additional questions about her match.

Ms Williams, according to the report, told police she was stopped in the median of the intersection because of other traffic. Barson died two weeks later.




The 37-year-old American faced a tenacious opponent as she began her bid for a sixth Wimbledon singles title with a 7-6 (7) 6-4 victory.

Barson's wife filed a lawsuit, claiming her husband's death was caused "as a result of the negligence" of Williams.

The attorney for the woman whose husband was killed in a auto crash with Venus Williams announced on Friday that the family will file a lawsuit against the tennis star.

Mrs Barson survived the crash but the plaintiff says she suffered injuries including "a cracked sternum, shattered right arm, broken right wrist, hand and fingers".

Attorney F. Malcolm Cunningham Jr., who represents Williams, says he is aware of the lawsuit though he has yet to see it.

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 auto crash during the press conference.

The police have established that she was travelling at a speed very moderate (8 km/h) and that it was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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