Oklahoma City Thunder Assistant Coach Monty Williams’ wife Ingrid was killed in a car crash last week in Oklahoma City. In a eulogy at Ingrid’s funeral on Thursday, Williams preached forgiveness for the driver of the car that killed her.
“Let us not forget that there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well,” he said in a video posted to Fox Sports. “And, we have no ill will toward that family.”
Ingrid died on Feb. 10 from injuries sustained the previous day when a car driven by 52-year-old Susannah Donaldson crossed over the median and hit Ingrid’s SUV, the Associated Press reported. The accident report said Donaldson, who was traveling at 92 miles per hour in a 40-mile zone, swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit 44-year-old Ingrid’s car head-on, according to KFOR.
Donaldson was pronounced dead at the scene and Ingrid died after being transported to a hospital. Three of the Williams’ five children were in the car at the time. All were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Monty and Ingrid met at Notre Dame, where he played basketball and she ran track, the Chicago Sun Times reports. They were married for 20 years.
“That family didn t wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard. It is very hard, and that was tough, but we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family,” Monty continued. “And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family because they grieve as well.”
The service was attended by a group of NBA coaches and players including Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, who told the AP that Williams was “a special, special man.”
“That was probably one of the most powerful moments of my life, sitting there and listening to him have the strength to stand there in front of his children and ask everybody to pray for the other lady that lost her life,” David West, a player for the San Antionio Spurs, added. “I thought that showed strength and courage I’ve never experienced in my life.”