Sad news in the NBA today as it is being reported that Monty Williams, former head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans current Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach, lost his wife in a tragic car accident.
His wife, Ingrid Williams, was driving outside of downtown Oklahoma City Tuesday night when another vehicle crossed the center line and crashed into her SUV. The driver of the other vehicle, who has been identified as Susannah Donaldson, had her dog in her lap while driving and died on the scene of the incident.
According to the Associated Press, Williams had three of her children in the car with her at the time of the accident, none of which suffered life threatening injuries. Williams was rushed to a hospital with very serious injuries and died Wednesday evening. She was 44-years-old.
The Thunder organization issued a statement:
The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid’s passing. Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty’s wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty and his family, and we will support him in every way possible. We know the entire community of Oklahoma City has them in their prayers.
There has been an overwhelming amount of support for Williams, who aside from being a coach, played 9 seasons in the league with the New York Knicks.
Completely devastated. Ingrid Williams was like a 2nd mother to me when I got to NOLA. My thoughts & prayers are with Monty & the family
— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) February 11, 2016
Heartbreaking reaction by Alvin Gentry about Ingrid Williams. pic.twitter.com/0Hdwms8XLk
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) February 11, 2016