Oklahoma Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams’s wife, Ingrid, died last week after a car crash in Oklahoma City.
Police told the Associated Press that a car crossed over the median and hit the SUV driven by the 44-year-old Williams.
According to the police report, Susannah Donaldson was driving an Impala and swerved to avoid another vehicle. Donaldson’s car was reportedly going as fast as 92 mph in a 45-zone before striking Williams’ Suburban. Donaldson died at the scene.
Three of Williams’ five children were in the car at the time. All were taken to a hospital with serious injuries, one has been released.
Monty Williams met his wife while attending Notre Dame, where he starred for the Irish basketball team and she ran track.
On Thursday, Monty Williams eulogized his wife at the funeral. In a powerful speech, Williams, a devout Christian, asked that everyone forgive and pray for the woman who hit his wife and her family.
“Everybody is praying for me and my family, and that is right, but let us not forget that there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well. And, we have no ill will toward that family. In my house, we have a sign that says ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the lord.’ We cannot serve the lord if we don’t have a heart of forgiveness.
“That family didn’t wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard. Life is very hard. And that was tough. But we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family, because they grieve as well.”
Take a few minutes to watch his powerful and courageous speech:
Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan were among the several NBA players and coaches in attendance.