Former NBA guard Mookie Blaylock in hospital after car wreck, faces charges as well


mookie-blaylockFormer NBA player Mookie Blaylock was charged Monday with second-degree vehicular homicide for allegedly causing the wreck that killed a 40-year-old woman, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Blaylock, 46, was also charged with improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving on a suspended license and crossing into the median for the Friday afternoon wreck in Jonesboro, Ga. All of the impending charges are misdemeanors.

Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen left open whether any other charges would be brought against the former star, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

As it is, Allen said the 46-year-old Blaylock will face charges of driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane.

Police have not yet been able to talk with Blaylock, whose condition was upgraded from critical to serious Saturday by the Atlanta Medical Center.

USA TODAY Sports reported later that Blaylock was taken off life support shortly after 8 p.m. ET and remains in guarded but critical condition.

The accident happened around 1 p.m. Friday, as Blaylock drove a Cadillac Escalade northbound on Tara Boulevard. For unknown reasons, he crossed over the median and into a southbound lane.

His SUV struck another vehicle head-on. Police said the driver of the second vehicle, Frankie Murphy, was not seriously injured. Monica Murphy, 40, who was sitting in the passenger seat, died Friday evening from her injuries.

Allen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Blaylock had an outstanding warrant out of Spalding County on DUI and drug charges for failing to appear in court. Investigators do not believe alcohol was a factor in the Friday wreck.

Blaylock has been under treatment for seizures, a family member told police. It was not immediately known if that contributed to the wreck.

Blaylock, a point guard, played 13 seasons in the NBA, including with the Atlanta Hawks from 1992 to 1999.

He played 889 NBA games, starting in 880 of them. A two-time, first-team pick to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team, Blaylock finished with career averages of 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game and appeared in the 1994 All-Star game.

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