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Venus Williams Breaks Her Silence Following Fatal Car Accident

04 July 2017

Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a June 9 crash that injured 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later.

Florida police say tennis star Venus Williams was at fault in a auto crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle.

Previously, Williams had tried steering questions about the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victims' attorney that was obtained by TMZ on Friday.

'I am devasted and heartbroken by this accident.

"Completely devastating, speechless. I am just ..."

After wiping away tears, Williams said "Maybe I should go" and left the room. She tried to compose herself until the officials asked if she would like to leave.

"That's a situation that I don't know how you can help someone unless they've maybe been through that before", Murray said.

Williams made a couple of verbal attempts to express herself, then spent more than a minute trying to gather herself before temporarily leaving the news conference.

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No. 10-seed Venus Williams advanced to the second round at Wimbledon on Monday with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Elise Mertens, but her post-match press conference took an emotional turn.

On the court she seemed to have compartmentalized her job from the accident.

"This is my 20th Wimbledon", she said. "It's a special time of year".

"I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident", she wrote in the post to her Facebook followers.

While Williams was not given a citation by police for the crash, she was found at fault for failing to yield the right of way.

Barson's wife Linda was driving when her vehicle hit Williams' SUV.

Williams' attorney Malcolm Cunningham told reporters at CNN that, "Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light". However, Michael Cunningham, who is Williams' attorney, said that police have stated that his client was only driving at 5 miles per hour.

Venus Williams Breaks Her Silence Following Fatal Car Accident