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Venus Williams involved in car crash that led to fatality, says police

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 30 June 2017, 13:10 IST
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Regarded as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis, Venus Williams has been involved in a car fatal accident that led to the death of 78-year-old man on 9 June.

As per the report filed by the police, Venus slowed down in the middle of an intersection when her vehicle was hit by a car driven by the man's 68-year-old wife on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, a small city north of Miami.

As per Sport24, the driver's husband suffered a head injury in the accident and died two weeks later at the hospital.

According to a local newspaper, the driver's husband suffered head trauma and was hospitalised in intensive care prior to his death.

The police also informed that the 37-year-old tennis star was not using her phone and had not taken drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Venus, winner of seven Grand Slam championships, told the police that she drove into the intersection after exiting from another street on a green light, but stopped at the median break to wait for cross-traffic to clear, then proceeded without seeing Barson.

The victim's wife went to the hospital with broken bones and other injuries.

The Palm Beach Gardens Police has said that the crash is under investigation.

"This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one," Williams' attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, said in a statement.


Williams is seeded 10th at the upcoming Wimbledon 2017 beginning June 2.

-With ANI inputs.

First published: 30 June 2017, 13:10 IST