Venus Williams Opens Up About Fatal Car Crash

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04 July, 2017

Witnesses on the scene have accused Williams of running a red light which supports the family's argument that she was "violating the right of way". She acknowledged the differences with the Williams situation, but she said she understood it can be hard to focus. Williams trailed off. "I'm completely speechless".

After taking a few moments outside, five-time champion Venus Williams later returned and completed her press conference. While being being questioned about her 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Elise Mertens, the 10th-seeded Williams was also asked about how she's dealing with the aftermath of the fatal crash.

On Friday, Williams wrote that she was "devastated" and "heartbroken" in a Facebook post.

The accident happened on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., outside a country club near Williams' home.

In the second round at Wimbledon, Venus will next face Qiang Wang.

Barson's husband Jerome was in the passenger seat and he suffered injuries from which he died last month, 13 days after the crash.

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According to the police report of the accident, Williams was said to be driving around 5 miles per hour when another vehicle ran into hers.

On Friday, Williams broke her silence on the vehicle crash that occured on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He went on to say, "Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations".

Moderator: Before we take any further questions for Venus, please be aware she's unable to say anything more about this, so I'd ask you to respect her wishes, please. According to the report, the light changed to green, and Barson said she drove through the intersection when Williams' 2010 Toyota Sequoia cut across in front of her auto.

Amid this undeniable tragedy, the tennis player is now in London, preparing for her 20th Wimbledon tournament, her rep confirmed to the Associated Press.

According to police, Venus was at fault for the traffic accident, which caused the death of Jerome Barson.


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