The Sixers' first overall draft pick last week is grieving just days after being brought into the franchise over the loss of a family member.
Australian-born Ben Simmons' cousins Zachary Simmons was killed early Saturday after celebrating a friend's birthday in Hoboken, NJ, WCBS reported.
Zachary Simmons, 21, of Ramsey, NJ, was struck by a black SUV around 3:30 a.m. Saturday by a black Escalade believed to have been driving at more than 70 miles per hour, according to WCBS.
The car is believed to have been an Escalade, Yukon or Tahoe.
“To be speeding enough to kill my child is beyond me,” Simmons mother, Monique Steele, told WCBS. "He had just went to the NBA draft for his first cousin — number one draft pick.”
Ben Simmons responded to the news on Twitter, writing, "Hearing the news this morning is a reminder to never forget the important things in life."