The sister of New Orleans Hornets basketball player
Tamara Lynette Green, 30, and her cousin, Gary Benjamin Green, 27, who was driving, died after a number of Green family members attended the game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
But no one apparently witnessed the 12:40 a.m. accident on southbound I-75, just south of the Adams Road exit. The pair went off the road at a high rate of speed, hit a tree after going airborne. The road conditions weren’t a factor in their accident, because from reports the roads were clear.
Authorities say speed was the determining factor in the crash. Investigators are waiting on tests to see if alcohol was involved. The pair's 2008 GMC Envoy off the side of the road. Ben Green, who was not wearing a seat belt, had been ejected about 100 feet from the SUV, and his cousin was trapped inside. Both were declared dead at the scene
Family was notified of the crash this morning, Willie Green was already in Indiana for a Hornets game against the Pacers tonight when he got the call that his sister was killed, his father said. But he left to come back to Detroit after the Hornets told him to take as much time as he needed to deal with the tragedy.
Green Sr. said funeral arrangements for the pair, which he expects will be held together, are pending. Tamara Green leaves behind an 18-month-old son, Tanner.
Police have been unable to find any witnesses to the crash. Anyone who may have seen anything is asked to call the Troy Police Department Safety Unit at 248-524-3477.