Venus Williams emotional at Wimbledon after question about vehicle accident

Williams, 37, reportedly ran a red light June 9 and hit a auto being driven by a woman named Linda Barson.

"My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers".

Witnesses reportedly said she was driving her SUV through a red light at the intersection and into Mrs Barson's saloon vehicle. Her mother, Lisa was driving the vehicle and allegedly could not avoid colliding with Williams at the intersection.

While sister Serena Williams is going through the most exciting times of her life - an upcoming baby and marriage - her older sister Venus Williams is dealing with a nightmare. The accident resulted in the death of Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old who was listed as a tennis professional on his death certificate. Barson's husband Jerome suffered head injuries and was rushed to St. Mary's Medical Center, where he died on June 22.

Williams now finds herself the subject of a lawsuit in Florida but the five-time Wimbledon champion was still able to fly to London for the tournament.

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Williams' lawyer, Malcolm Cunningham, issued a statement to reporters calling the incident "an unfortunate accident" and stating that Williams has not been charged over the crash. The lawsuit came one day after Palm Beach Gardens police released a report saying Williams caused the June 9 crash.

No. 10-seed Venus Williams advanced to the second round at Wimbledon on Monday with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Elise Mertens, but her post-match press conference took an emotional turn.

Barson died in an intensive care unit on June 22, almost two weeks after the crash.

In the same report, authorities also said they did not find any proof that Williams was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the incident happened.

The suit alleges that Williams was "driving carelessly and recklessly" and that led to the collision of the Toyota Sequoia she was driving and the Barson's Hyundai Accent.

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