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Venus Williams breaks down in tears when asked about fatal car crash

The tennis champion, who had just won a first-round match at Wimbledon, addressed the accident during a press conference.
/ Source: TODAY

Venus Williams broke down in tears during a news conference following her first-round victory at Wimbledon Monday when asked about a June car crash that caused the death of a 78-year-old.

"There are no words to describe how devastating [it is]," she said, according to the BBC. "I'm completely speechless."

She started to cry, then left the room for a time before returning to take more questions about the match.

Williams, a five-time Wimbledon singles champion, was reportedly found at fault by police in the June 9 collision that killed Jerome Barson. Williams was crossing a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida intersection at around 5 miles per hour when Barson's car ran into her vehicle, the New York Times reported.

Barson, whose wife Linda had been driving and was also hurt, died of his injuries on June 22, and his daughter filed a wrongful-death suit on June 29, according to reports.

Venus Williams addressed the recent accident at a press conference. Glyn Kirk / AFP/Getty Images

Williams, whose sister Serena is also a tennis champion, was ultimately declared at fault for "violating the right of way" of the other car, though at the time she was not cited. Last week, a police spokesperson told the Times the incident was still under investigation.

On June 30, Williams spoke out on social media for the first time about the accident, sending her "heartfelt condolences" to Barson's family.

Earlier in Monday's news conference, she spoke more generally about her sport: "Tennis is still the love of my life. It gives me joy," she said. "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."

"I have no idea what tomorrow will bring," she added. "That's all I can say about it. That's what I've learned."

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