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Wife of Former NBA Star and Coach Killed in a Car Accident

According to a recent report from the New York Daily News, the wife of Monty Williams was killed in a tragic car accident.  Williams, a former guard for the New York Nicks and former head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans is currently an assistant coach for the Thunder.

that-hurt-494062-m-300x216Authorities say Williams’ 44-year-old wife was involved a fatal car crash earlier this week on Tuesday night.  She was treated by first responders and taken to a local level-one trauma center for surgery, but, unfortunately, doctors were unable to save her due to the extent of her injuries, and they pronounced her dead the following night.

Witnesses say she was driving her SUV with three of their children riding as passengers when another car crossed the double yellow lines in the center of the road, and both cars collided with each other in a head-on manner. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed in what proved to be a double fatality car accident.  Authorities are still conducting an investigation, but they believe the other driver had her dog in her lap at the time of the accident.

The three children who were in car were apparently injured as well, but their injuries are not believed to be life threatening as of this time.  Williams’ wife was well known by the players of the teams he coached, and many said she was like a second mother to them.  Friends of the family were also deeply affected by this fatal car accident, as was visible when they were asked to make statements to the press and give interviews. It should be noted that the police are still not finished with their investigation, and nobody has been formally accused of any negligence in connection with this double fatality car crash.

While many people think of drinking and driving as the most dangerous thing anyone can do in terms of a causing a serious accident, many people underestimate the danger of distracted driving.  Studies have shown that driving while distracted is just as dangerous as driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.  Many people are now aware of the dangers of texting while driving, as many states are making it a traffic infraction to drive while operating a handheld electronic device.  The reason the law does not specifically limit itself to texting is because, while an officer can see a person manipulating a smartphone, it is much harder to prove they were actually sending or reading a text message.

However, texting while driving is far from the only cause of distracted driving accidents in Boston.  Many people now use Bluetooth in their vehicles, so the phone will play through the car’s sound system, and there is no need to hold the phone.  While hands-free calls are obviously safer than holding a phone (which is illegal in many states), studies show that even talking on a hands free device is a distraction that can lead to a serious car accident.

If you are injured in an accident in Massachusetts, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment: 1-888-367-2900.

Additional Resources:

Ingrid Williams, wife of Monty Williams, ex-Knicks guard and coach with Pelicans and Thunder, killed in car crash, February 12, 2016, Daily News, By Bernie Augustine

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