Overnight crash on I-75 kills sister and cousin of NBA player

TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - An NBA player from Detroit is coping with a tragedy that shattered his family.

New Orleans’ Hornets star and Detroit native Willie Green lost his sister and cousin in an early morning car crash in Troy.

The early morning accident happened on southbound I-75 in Troy around 12:45 a.m. Monday.

Police say Green's sister, Tamara, and his cousin, Gary Benjamin Green, were both killed. They had been at The Palace for Sunday night’s game between the Hornets and the Pistons. They apparently went to a restaurant after the game.

Police say their initial investigation shows the 27-year old Green, who was known as Ben, was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the 2008 GMC Envoy just south of the Adams Road exit.  The car belonged to his 30-year old cousin, the mother of a young son.

Both Willie Green and his cousin are former members of the University of Detroit Mercy’s basketball team. Ben played four years for the Titans from 2002-2006.

Police are running tests to find out if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Driving records show Green should not have been behind the wheel. His license was suspended in April, 2010 for open intoxicants in his vehicle.

He also had a previous operated while impaired (OWI) suspension, from 2005.

Troy police hope to hear from people who witnessed the accident.

Funeral services are pending.


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