Friday 24 November 2017

Venus tells of 'heartbreak' at fatal crash

Venus Williams. Photo: AP
Venus Williams. Photo: AP

Alexander Britton

Tennis star Venus Williams said she is "heartbroken" over a car crash in the US in which a 78-year-old man died.

According to police, Williams (37) was crossing a junction in her Florida home town on June 9 when her vehicle collided with a car being driven by Linda Barson, whose husband Jerome was in the passenger seat. Mr Barson died 13 days later.

Civil court documents filed by the couple's daughter Audrey Gassner-Dunayer in Palm Beach County, Florida, claim Williams was "driving carelessly and recklessly" which "led to the catastrophic injuries and death of Jerome Barson".

The suit says the injuries sustained by Mr Barson in the crash include "massive internal bleeding, a fractured spine and massive internal organ damage", and added that he died on his wife's 68th birthday.

Writing on her Facebook page, the five-time Wimbledon champion said: "I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident.

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

Irish Independent

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