Arrest in hit-and-run that killed NBA top draft's cousin

by Sadie Mccarthy Julio 10, 2016, 0:43
Arrest in hit-and-run that killed NBA top draft's cousin

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have charged a New York City man in a New Jersey hit-and-run that killed the cousin of Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft.

Mark Nicholas, 50, was arrested by New York police around 3 a.m. Friday in connection with the fatal crash, authorities said.

Police arrested a suspect in the deadly hit-and-run that killed 21-year-old Zackhary Simmons on June 25 in Hoboken. Nicholas is a Jamaican-born U.S. citizen who lives in Brooklyn.

CBS reported that American Zachary was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning, USA time, after being struck by a black SUV at the intersection of Willow Avenue and Sixth Street in Hoboken. Surveillance footage from the scene showed a large SUV leaving the scene of the crash.

Simmons played one season for Louisiana State University before being selected by the 76ers.

The night of his cousin's death, Ben Simmons tweeted: "I'm glad I could share this moment in my life with you".

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