Venus Williams won her opening match of Wimbledon on Monday and afterwards she broke down and abruptly left a post-match press conference when she was asked about a recent fatal car crash that she has been accused of causing.
Williams had recently posted a statement to Facebook, saying she was “devastated and heartbroken” over the accident. During the press conference at Wimbledon, she was asked if she had anything else she wanted to add.
Williams started by saying “there are no words to describe how devastating” the accident was and how she is “completely speechless” before stopping herself and attempting to gather her emotions. When network cameras briefly went away, they came back a few seconds later with Williams in tears. She eventually mumbled to the moderator, “maybe I should go,” before she got up and walked out.
Williams was reportedly at fault in the car accident that killed a 78-year-old man. Police have not cited Williams or filed any charges, however, the investigation is on going.
Williams was reportedly in the intersection during a red light when the other car hit hers. The man who died was a passenger in the car. Williams reportedly told police she had to slow down in the intersection because of traffic.
Here is the statement Williams posted to Facebook on July 1:
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