Report: former NBA player Griffin dies in car crash

Aug 22, 2007 - 12:35 AM HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Eddie Griffin, a former Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves power forward, was identified as the man who died when the SUV he was driving plowed into a moving train in southeast Houston last week, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.

Griffin, 25, drove his SUV through a railroad crossing barrier and into a moving train at about 1:30 a.m. on August 17, officials said in the report.

The newspaper reported that the Harris County Medical Examiner's office identified the body.

But the vehicle burst into flames on impact, damaging Griffin's body so badly that investigators had to use his dental records to verify his identity Tuesday, the report stated.

Griffin faced off-court troubles throughout his NBA career. The No. 7 pick by the New Jersey Nets in the 2001 draft out of Seton Hall, he was released on March 17 by the Timberwolves after various off-court issues.

He averaged 7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in five seasons.

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