Crash Kills Wife of Former Spurs Player and Coach

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2016 | Car Wrecks

The wife of former San Antonio Spurs player and coach Monty Williams was killed in a head-on car crash in Oklahoma City that also claimed the life of another driver.

Ingrid Williams was traveling northbound in her SUV on South Western Avenue when a driver on the southbound side drifted over the center line and hit her head-on. The other driver, and her dog, were both killed almost instantly. Ms. Williams was transported to a nearby hospital, where she later died as well. Her three children and the driver of a third vehicle that collided with the wreckage were all rushed to nearby hospitals and are expected to recover.

Monty Williams, who is currently an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, played for the Spurs from 1995 through 1998 and subsequently served as a coaching intern. News of the crash rendered Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popvich visibly shaken, according to reports, and, he considered not coaching in the team’s game against the Orlando Magic.

Causes of a Car Crash

Head-on crashes have a much higher fatality rate than angled collisions, rear-end wrecks, and other types of collisions, mostly due to the increase in force; a head-on crash is nearly always as a dual high-speed crash.

But head-on crashes share some similarities with other kinds of wrecks; specifically, they often share a common cause. Some common breaches of legal duty that cause serious injury include:

  • Intoxication: After as little as one drink, most people experience blurred vision, lack of physical coordination, mental impairment, and other adverse symptoms.

  • Distraction: Texas does not have a cellphone law, so there is a higher probability for distracted driving. Other items, such as eating while driving, also divert focus away from safely operating a vehicle.

  • Fatigue: Research indicates that a lack of sleep has the same effect as alcohol intoxication.

  • Excessive Speed: Driving too fast for the conditions often causes motorists to lose control of their vehicles when going around a curve.

Damages in a car crash case include compensation for economic injuries, such as physical rehabilitation expenses, and noneconomic injuries, including loss of enjoyment in life. Punitive damages are also available, in many cases.

Drivers who breach their legal duties are responsible for the damages they cause. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New Braunfels, contact our office. We do not charge upfront legal fees in a personal injury case.