Thunder Coach Monty Williams’ Wife, Ingrid Williams, Dies In Car Crash

OKLAHOMA CITY — The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams died Wednesday evening at a hospital from injuries suffered in a car crash, police said.

Ingrid Williams, 44, was involved in a crash Tuesday night. An oncoming car crossed the center line and hit her SUV just outside of downtown Oklahoma City, said police Capt. Paco Valderrama. That driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Valderrrama said.

The Thunder issued a statement expressing “deep sorrow” and saying the team would support Williams “in every way possible.” Williams joined the Thunder this season after five seasons as New Orleans Pelicans head coach.

A statement on behalf of the Pelicans’ owners said Ingrid Williams will be remembered “as one of the most generous, kind and humble individuals we’ve ever known.”

The Pelicans held a moment of silence for her before tip-off of their game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. Monty Williams was hired by New Orleans to his first and only head coaching job in 2010 and fired after last season. He helped guide New Orleans to the postseason twice and had a record of 173-221.

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Thumbnail photo via Monty Williams of the New Orleans Pelicans

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