Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Features

Venus ‘heartbroken’ over fatal Florida car crash

Venus Williams is a seven-time Grand Slam champion © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTURE

MIAMI, United States, Jul 1 – US tennis star Venus Williams said she is “devastated and heartbroken” over the fatal car crash that the victim’s family says will prompt them to file a wrongful death suit against her.

In a post on her Facebook page, Williams made her first public comments on the June 9 car crash in which police said she was “at fault”.

“I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident,” Williams wrote. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

Williams, 37, is a seven-time Grand Slam champion who won five Wimbledon titles from 2000 to 2008 plus the 2000 and 2001 US Opens.

Williams, seeded 10th in her 20th Wimbledon appearance, is set to face Belgium’s Elise Mertens in a first-round match Monday on the England grass courts.

Attorney Michael Steinger told ABC television Friday that Barson’s family will file a wrongful death suit over the incident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Barson, who suffered head injuries in the accident, died two weeks later on June 22.

A Palm Beach Gardens police report said Williams’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV and a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Barson’s wife, Linda Barson, collided in an intersection.

The accident remains under investigation and Williams has not been charged.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Williams’ attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, said police estimated Williams was traveling only 5 mph when struck by Barson’s car.

“This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” he said.

Cunningham said Williams entered an intersection on a green light that turned red during her turn, but she was stuck in the intersection because of traffic.

The police report said Williams was deemed at fault for blocking the right of way of the other vehicle.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

More on Capital Sports

Football

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – There is light at the end of the tunnel. After failed promises over the last three years since its...

Athletics

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8 – Olympic Champion Caster Semenya and wife Violet Raseboya have hinted that they might be expecting a baby in a...

NFL

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Kenya’s history making Daniel Adongo, the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League (NFL), is now living...

Features

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – The Kakamega High School ‘Green Commandos’ have produced a plethora of talent over the past decades in Kenyan football...

© 2020 Capital Digital Media. Capital Group Limited. All Rights Reserved