Tragedy has struck the NBA family at the start of the playoffs as Chyna Thomas, sister of the Celtics' All Star point guard, Isaiah Thomas, was killed in a one-car accident earlier today. She was 22 years old.

According to KIRO7:

Chyna Thomas died at the scene of the accident on the shoulder of I-5, according to the Washington State Patrol who identified her.

The wreck occurred around 5 a.m. on southbound Interstate 5 near South 288th Street, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Witnesses reported that the car, a 1998 Toyota Camry, was being driven normally at first.

“All of a sudden it started to drift very casually onto the left shoulder,” State Patrol spokesman Trooper Nick King said.

The car traveled about 50 feet partially off the roadway until it hit a Jersey barrier.

“That vaulted the vehicle head-on into the sign post,” King said.

The car came to rest on top of the barrier and against a large metal pole holding a carpool sign on the shoulder of the freeway.

The State Patrol reports that Chyna Thomas was not wearing her seat belt.


The Celtics are scheduled to take on the Chicago Bulls on Sunday in Boston. No word as to Isaiah's status for that game as of yet. But well wishes and condolences started to appear on Twitter late Saturday as news of Chyna's death spread throughout the League and the news.