(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.
(Atlanta, GA) – There was a lot going on during the Hawks and Celtics game. Some of which most would think crossed a line of sportsmanship but when you have a battle mentality what can you expect? Thomas dominated the court scoring 28 points to lead Boston to victory. He said after the game that “Every time I step on the floor I want to win the battle. He’s not somebody I’m worried about. I’m worried about doing what’s best for my team and getting my team a win. I’ll worry about the rest later.”
As for the disrespect, Schroder says, “I’m playing basketball, If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s his choice. I’ve got too much class for that. Next one, we are going to get it.”
The Hawks erased the 20-point deficit with Schroder, Dwight Howard and Thabo Sefolosha out. Tim Hardaway Jr., Malcolm Delaney and Mike Dunleavy were in. Hardaway had 15 fourth-quarter points as Delaney added 10 and Dunleavy six. Hardaway and Paul Millsap hit back-to-back 3-pointers to completely erase the deficit and tied the game at 101-101 with 25.6 seconds left. But Isaish Thomas hit the final shot and that would be it.
As for Al Horford’s return to the A..he was largely booed during the game. First during pre-game introductions and then each time he touched the ball for much of the game.
But it wasn’t all boos. Hawks’ fans showed some respect while a video tribute to Horford’s time in Atlanta played on the scoreboard during the first quarter. The arena crowd responded with a standing ovation. Then it was back to the competition and booing.
Horford finished with 10 points, six assists, six rebounds, one steal and one block. The Hawks will host the Bucks on Sunday. Tip-off is at 3pm.