*Ingrid Williams, the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams, died in a car accident Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, the team announced Wednesday. She was 44.
Ingrid Williams was hit head-on by another car that crossed over the center lane, according to ESPN.com. She was rushed to a hospital and died Wednesday evening from injuries suffered in the crash. The driver of the other car was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Oklahoman reported that Ingrid Williams was traveling with three of her children at the time of the accident. Oklahoma City Police Department Captain Paco Balderrama told the newspaper that one of the children has been released from the hospital and “the other two are banged up but expected to be OK.”
Monty and Ingrid Williams have five children with ages ranging from 5 to 17 years old.
“The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid’s passing,” the team said in a statement. “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.”
Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty’s wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with him & his family.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) February 11, 2016
Thunder star Kevin Durant teared up when asked to comment Thursday.
“I tried to think about what I’m going to say, but I just love Coach Monty so much, man. I feel for him. Somebody we all love … I just don’t know what to say. I’m sorry, excuse me,” he said.
Before joining the Thunder coaching staff, Monty Williams served as the Pelicans’ head coach from 2010 to 2015.
“The New Orleans Pelicans are devastated to hear the news of Ingrid Williams’ passing,” the Pelicans said in a statement. “Ingrid was beloved by the Pelicans organization and the New Orleans community and will forever be remembered as one of the most generous, kind and humble individuals we’ve ever known. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty Williams and his family during this difficult time.” Pelicans star Anthony Davis tweeted his condolences.
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