'Heartbroken': Venus Williams breaks silence on fatal vehicle crash in Florida

Last week, Palm Beach Gardens police released a preliminary report saying she was the driver at fault in a June 9 accident that injured Jerome Barson, a passenger in the other vehicle.

Pro-tennis star Venus Williams, 37, was involved in a vehicle accident early this month in Florida, which killed a 78-year-old man.

Linda Barson was at the wheel of the family's Hyundai when it collided with a 4x4 driven by Williams at an intersection.

In a Facebook post, Williams, who is about to make her 20 appearance in the women's singles competition at the Wimbledon Championships, said she had been left "devastated and heartbroken" after the accident.

According to the police report, Linda Barson told police she was traveling west in the right lane and approaching an intersection, slowing for a traffic light.

Despite the pending lawsuit, Williams will still play at Wimbledon-the third Grand Slam tournament of the year-which begins Monday. He said the light was green when she entered the intersection.

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Her sister, Serena Williams, is taking the rest of the year off to focus on her pregnancy and the birth of her first child. Adding, "Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations".

Elderly man Jerome Barsons suffered severe head trauma when a vehicle driven by his wife t-boned Williams' SUV on an intersection, and died last weekend in an intensive care unit.

Barson's passenger, identified in the report as Jerome Barson, 78, was taken to a Florida trauma center.

Malcolm Cunningham, a lawyer for Williams, noted she was not charged or cited for the accident.

The family of the man who was killed in a auto crash with Venus Williams announced on Friday that they will be filing a lawsuit against the tennis legend. The family of Barson has opened a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams.

The police report pointed out that Williams was not under the influence of drink or drugs at the time of the accident, and was not distracted by any electronic devices.

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