Wimbledon: Tearful Venus Williams ‘devastated’ by fatal car crash which killed 78-year-old man
Monday - 03/07/2017 16:32
VENUS Williams has broken down in tears as she reflected on the fatal car accident which has left her facing a wrongful-death lawsuit.
A police report says Williams is responsible for the accident in Florida last month, which caused injuries to a 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who subsequently died.
Barson’s family has since filed the lawsuit against former world No 1 Williams, alleging negligence.
Williams could not contain her emotions when questioned by US reporters after a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory over Belgian Elise Mertens.
“Yeah, life, you can’t prepare for everything. I prepared for a lot of matches, tried to get ready for whatever my opponent will throw at you, but you can’t prepare for everything,” the 36-year-old said.
“I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. That’s all I can say about it. That’s what I’ve learned.
“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating ... yeah. I’m completely speechless.”
After wiping away tears, Williams said “Maybe I should go” and left the room.
According to the lawsuit lodged against Williams, the impact of the crash caused damage to both vehicles.
The Barsons’ 2016 Hyundai Accent was “crushed, the front windshield shattered, the airbags deployed, there was crush damage to the rear on the driver’s side, and the back window was shattered.”
Williams’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia “was also severely damaged,” the suit says.
The lawsuit states Barson’s injuries included “severed main arteries, massive internal bleeding, a fractured spine, and massive internal organ damage.”
His wife’s injuries included, per the lawsuit, a cracked sternum and shattered right arm. She also broke her right wrist, hand and several fingers.
According to the police report, Linda Barson told police she was travelling west in the right lane and approaching an intersection, slowing for a traffic light.