The driver in a crash Monday that killed both him and his cousin, the sister of pro basketball player, Willie Green, apparently had a blood-alcohol level that was three times the legal limit, police said Tuesday.
Gary Benjamin Green, 27, and his cousin, Tamara Lynette Green, 30, were killed while returning to their Detroit home about 12:40 a.m. after watching Willie Green and the New Orleans Hornets play the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Willie Green, a former player at the University of Detroit Mercy, is Tamara Green's brother and Ben Green's cousin.
According to police, witnesses and an investigation showed Ben Green was driving fast in a GMC Envoy south on I-75 when he apparently lost control of the vehicle south of Adams Road and went off the shoulder. The SUV rolled over into a tree.
Ben Green, who was not wearing a seat belt, was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 - three times the .08 level at which a driver is considered intoxicated under Michigan law.
It is being reported that, in addition to this drunk driving accident, Ben Green had a lengthy driving record, according to state records, with at least two drinking and driving violations. According to police, his driver's license was suspended at the time of the crash.
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