Ingrid Williams, wife of former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, tragically passed away today at the age of 44 after being involved in a car accident on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

Ingrid Williams vehicle was struck by an SUV when a driver crossed the center line and hit her SUV, according to reports. The driver who struck her has also died as a result of the crash.

Monty Williams is currently an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder after a 5 year stint as head coach in NOLA. He and Ingrid have 5 children together.

On behalf of Pelicans owners Tom and Gayle Benson, the franchise released the following statement.

“The New Orleans Pelicans are devastated to hear the news of Ingrid Williams’ passing. Ingrid was beloved by the Pelicans organization and the New Orleans community and will forever be remembered as one of the most generous, kind and humble individuals we’ve ever known. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty Williams and his family during this difficult time.”

Monty is a man of faith, openly sharing his life story and how he came to know Christ in his life. He helped Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson through a personal tragedy when Anderson's girlfriend committed suicide several years ago.

Words can't express the sorrow I feel for Monty and his children. All of us at ESPN1420 send out our thoughts and prayers to the Williams family.