Blazer's Edge offers deepest condolences to NBA coach Monty Williams tonight as his wife, Ingrid, has passed away Wednesday as a result of an automobile accident. She was involved in a head-on collision Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, where Williams is an assistant coach. According to reports, she was driving her sport utility vehicle when another vehicle traveling the opposite direction crossed the yellow line, initiating the collision. She was transported to the hospital but did not survive.
Ingrid Williams was 44 years old, and is survived by Monty and their five children.
Oklahoma City released a statement this afternoon:
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.
Comcast SportsNet Northwest's Jason Quick summed up the early reaction to the news.
One of the best guys around who really left an imprint in Portland community. Such staggering news ... https://t.co/O9AUPntZ60— Jason Quick (@jwquick) February 11, 2016
Prior to Wednesday night's game between Portland and Houston at the Moda Center, the Blazers held a moment of silence for Williams.
Blazers hold moment of silence pregame for Ingrid Williams, wife of former Portland assistant Monty Williams, who died in a car accident— Jason Quick (@jwquick) February 11, 2016