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Venus Williams 'devastated and heartbroken' over fatal U.S. auto crash

04 July, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Venus Williams broke down in tears during a Wimbledon press conference Monday, when asked about the fatal auto crash she was involved in that left a 78-year-old man dead.

The US tennis star previously said she is "devastated and heartbroken" over the fatal auto crash that Jerome Barson's family says will prompt them to file a wrongful death lawsuit against her.

But Williams' attorney told Fox News that Barson's attorney would have to wait until the police concluded their investigations.

Williams posted a message on her Facebook page on Friday saying she was "heartbroken".

Williams, who won her first-round match against Belgian Elise Mertens in straight sets, was asked about her feelings regarding the incident. When that light turned green, Baron drove her 2016 Hyundai Accent into the intersection.

While sister Serena Williams is going through the most exciting times of her life - an upcoming baby and marriage - her older sister Venus Williams is dealing with a nightmare.


Williams reportedly told police she was trying to get through the intersection but had to slow down because of traffic, leaving her vehicle exposed. Linda Barson suffered unspecified moderate injuries.

The TMZ website reported that the widow of Jerome Barson, 78, who was killed in the crash in Miami on June 9 has started legal proceedings, reprots The Telegraph.

Attorney F. Malcolm Cunningham Jr., who represents Williams, says he is aware of the lawsuit though he has yet to see it. She said Williams cut in front of her, and she was unable to avoid crashing into her 2010 Toyota Sequoia, according to the crash report.

The family of Jerome Barson filed a wrongful death lawsuit the day after news became public of the fatal crash.

VENUS WILLIAMS broke down in tears unable to speak as she was quizzed for the first time about her involvement in a vehicle crash that left one person dead.

The police report estimated Williams was travelling at about 8kmh at the time of impact and was not distracted or suspected of any drug or alcohol use.

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