Venus Williams in vehicle crash investigation

Venus Williams in vehicle crash investigation

Williams broke down in tears after she was asked about the fatal automobile accident she was involved in.

At that point she began to cry and after an awkward silence left the room, before returning shortly afterwards, with the moderator suggesting subsequent questions focused on tennis.

The 37-year-old tennis pro writes that she's "devastated" in a Facebook post shared on Friday.

Venus Williams' lawyer has said in an official statement that Venus entered the intersection during a green light when the Barson couple crashed into her, explaining that, as a result, the police did not issue any citations against her.

Maj. Paul Rogers says the crash remains under investigation.

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

Williams is being sued by the wife of a 79-year-old man who died last month after his vehicle hit Williams auto. There was also no evidence that she was distracted by an electronic device at the time of the crash.

The match marked Williams equalling her sister, Serena, for the most main draw matches played at Wimbledon among active players.

Williams opened her 20th Wimbledon Championship with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over the unseeded Mertens.

Jerome Barson, a 79-year-old who was a passenger in his wife's auto, was injured and died two weeks later.

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"Her husband of 35 years was struck by Venus Williams, who was at fault in a auto accident, which ultimately resulted in Mr. Barson being hospitalized 14 days with multiple surgeries which resulted in his death".

"[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]", reads the report.

According to a Police report, Williams is "at fault" in the traffic crash.

While a nervous Mertens struggled early, going 3-0 down in the first set, the 21-year-old, ranked 54th in the world, battled back to force a tiebreak which Williams won 9-7.

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