Overnight crash on I-75 kills sister and cousin of NBA player
12:29 PM, Dec 20, 2010
9:50 PM, Dec 20, 2010
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
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
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,
Troy police hope to hear from people who witnessed the