Now, the family of the victim is looking to sue Williams in a wrongful death case, alleging negligence.
"I am devasted (sic) and heartbroken by this accident". Williams trailed off. "I'm completely speechless".
She was focused enough on court against Mertens, but it quickly became clear the press conference wasn't going to be so easy to deal with.
The 37-year-old then left the room, although she did return a few minutes later to answer the final questions.
Venus Williams temporarily left her interview with the press following her first-round win over Elise Mertens after a journalist asked her to discuss a June vehicle accident that led to a man's death. Williams was driving to the intersection when the green light turned red and was stuck, blocking the way due to traffic.More news: Pakistan plays significant role in peace, stability in Afghanistan: McCain
No charges have been filed, although Palm Beach Gardens police said the crash is under investigation.
She initially responded and said: "There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating".
Venus Williams shook her head and wiped away tears at a news conference at Wimbledon Monday when asked about a fatal crash in Palm Beach Gardens last month. According to that same report, Williams' vehicle was driving at a speed of about 5 miles per hour.
Writing on her Facebook page, the five-time Wimbledon champion said: "I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident".
"The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was travelling at [eight kmh] when Mrs. Barson crashed into her".More news: RB Leipzig demand £70m for Liverpool target Naby Keita?
After the crash, Barson was taken to a Florida trauma center where he died 13 days later, according to the Palm Beach county medical examiner.
Esther Barson, 68, was traveling west on Northlake Boulevard and told police she proceeded through a green light.
While a nervous Mertens struggled early, going 3-0 down in the first set, the 21-year-old, ranked 54th in the world, battled back to force a tiebreak which Williams won 9-7.
"TMZ reports that police said Williams is to blame for the accident, with the police report saying, "[ Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]".More news: Ronaldo leads Portugal to win Third Place at FIFA Confederations Cup