Brooklyn man arrested in crash that killed cousin of NBA draft’s first pick

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HOBOKEN, N.J. — A Brooklyn man has been arrested in the Hoboken hit-and-run that killed the cousin of Ben Simmons, the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick, police announced Friday.

Police have arrested Mark T. Nicholas, 50, in connection with running his car into 21-year-old Zachary Simmons — a Ramsey, N.J. resident — and driving away, authorities said.

The crash happened around 3:50 a.m. on June 25 as Simmons was walking with friends after leaving a party. Surveillance video released by police showed the driver of an SUV hit Simmons on Willow Avenue in Hoboken. The impact of the crash threw the 21-year-old into a parked car and the SUV is seen continuing down the street away from the scene.

Nicholas was arrested after he was pulled over by a NYPD officer around 3:15 a.m. Friday morning. The officer recognized the Brooklyn resident as a wanted person and took him into custody, police said. Nicholas was also cited for marijuana.

After the crash, Ben Simmons tweeted, “Hearing the news this morning is a reminder to never forget the important things in life.” Simmons was drafted as the first pick in the 2016 NBA draft to the Philadelphia 76ers.