Venus Williams investigated over fatal vehicle crash

Emotional Venus breaks down after first round win

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

Venus Williams broke down in tears after being questioned about the fatal auto crash she was involved in last month in Florida that resulted in the death of a 73-year-old man.

Attorney Michael Steinger, who is acting on behalf of Jerome Barson's family, requested that police turn over evidence from the crash that happened on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A police report obtained by TMZ revealed that Williams was the one responsible for the crash.

On Friday, Williams wrote on her Facebook that she was "devastated and heartbroken" by the accident.

It has been reported that Barson's wife Linda told police that she was driving through an intersection on a green light when Williams vehicle cut across in front of them, causing the crash.

Williams had to walk out of a press conference today after her first-round win over Elise Mertens at Wimbledon. Witnesses at the scene have said that #Venus Williams drove through a red light and is at fault.

Williams temporarily left the room before returning to answer a few more questions.

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 was taken to a Florida trauma centre where he died 13 days later, according to the Palm Beach county medical examiner. The accident resulted in the death of Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old who was listed as a tennis professional on his death certificate.

Williams' lawyer said on Thursday she expressed her "deepest condolences" but that it was an "unfortunate accident".

"The police report estimates that Ms Williams was travelling at five miles per hour when Mrs Barson crashed into her". Then outta nowhere, Williams' 2010 Toyota Sequoia cut in front of Barson's vehicle.

Tennis star Venus Williams has broken her silence about the fatal accident she was involved in, three weeks after the incident. The investigation into the accident is ongoing, and now, Williams has been served with a wrongful death lawsuit.

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