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NBA coach's wife killed in head-on car wreck

NBA fans are in mourning, as the wife of a longtime coach was killed in a car accident. Ingrid Williams, who was married to Oklahoma City assistant coach Monty Williams, was 44 and the mother of five.

An article by ESPN provides a few details of the crash. Authorities believe that Williams was driving in Oklahoma City when another motorist crossed over the center lane and into her path. The vehicles crashed head-on, killing the second driver and critically injuring Williams. She later died at the hospital.

Three of the Williams’ children were also in the vehicle. All three were taken to the hospital. One child was later released, but the other two were still hospitalized as of Feb. 10, though police said they were “expected to be OK.”

The Thunder released a statement expressing condolences to Monty Williams and his family. Star forward Kevin Durant became emotional while talking to reporters. “I just love Coach Monty so much, man,” he said.

Prior to joining the Thunder, Monty Williams was the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans for five seasons. That team also offered its condolences. In a statement, the Pelicans said that the organization and New Orleans community loved Ingrid Williams. The team called her “one of the most generous, kind and humble individuals we’ve ever known.”

The ESPN article does not say what caused the other driver to lose control. It is likely too soon in the investigation to say for sure. It is common for distracted drivers to drift into oncoming traffic, or it is possible that drugs or alcohol were factors.

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