(SL) – According to a release from the Washington State Patrol, 22-year-old Chyna Thomas was heading southbound on I-5 just north of 288th when her 1998 Toyota Camry went off the road to the left jersey barrier. The car landed on the barrier hitting a pole. She was not wearing her seatbelt and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Troopers say even if she had been wearing a safety belt, they can’t say for sure if it would have saved her life.
“But without the seatbelt, you just don’t have a chance,” Sgt. Tina Martin said.
The fatal accident is still under investigation, but Washington State Patrol says the sister of NBA star Isaiah Thomas may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
“This was just a casual drift off to the left until something stopped that vehicle. No braking – nothing to show she tried to stop her vehicle before impact,” Martin said, explaining witnesses told WSP they saw Thomas driving normally up until the crash.
A toxicology report is still due from the medical examiner; however, WSP says they found no drugs or alcohol at the scene.
Thomas was a graduate of the Tacoma School of the Arts, according to Tacoma Public Schools.
Friends of hers preferred not going on camera but said she was “awesome and had a great personality.”
Her older brother, Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas played against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Tears streaming down his face he wrote a tribute to his little sis on his shoes….“Chyna,” “4-15-17,” and “I love you.”
Isaiah Thomas’ teammate and good friend Avery Bradley, told reporters in Boston on Monday the game took a toll emotionally. Many questioned why Thomas would play after the tragedy. Bradley touched on that with his statement.“It was draining. You know, I said it last night. We just were playing for each other. We know it’s tough times right now,” Bradley said. “It’s just a sanctuary being on the basketball court. For us to make him feel happy and make him feel like we have his back, as brothers that’s what you’re supposed to do.”
Thomas scored 33 points with his angel on his shoulders. No funeral date has been set yet.