Ben Simmons’ cousin killed in hit-and-run days after attending NBA Draft
A cousin of Australian basketball star Ben Simmons has been killed in an alleged hit-and-run in New Jersey just two days after attending the NBA draft with him.
Hoboken police said Zachary Simmons, 21, was hit by a black SUV at around 3.30am on Saturday local time (Sunday morning AEST), CBS New York reported.
His mother, Monique Steele, identified him as the cousin of Ben, who became the NBA number one draft pick when selected by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ben Simmons acknowledged his cousin’s death on Twitter.
“I’m glad I could share this moment in my life with you. Rest in peace Cuzzo. Much love Zachary Simmons #rip??”,” he added with a photo of the pair at the draft ceremony.
Steele, told CBS2 that her son had gone out for a friend’s birthday celebration on Friday evening and police told her the car that hit him was going at least 70 miles an hour (112 kph).
“To be speeding enough to kill my child is beyond me,” Steele said.
The Fitzroy-born Simmons moved to Florida in January 2013 to attend the Montverde Academy and finish high school.
He later signed with Louisiana State University to play college basketball, before being selected with the first pick of the draft on Friday (AEST).
yes i am a suspicious person and this story doesn’t sit right with me..
hit and run..no suspect..just the victim..i will watch simmons career with more interest than i would have anyway..the number 1 draft pick..blood sacrifice?