Mookie Blaylock formally charged in fatal crash | News
JONESBORO, GA -- Daron "Mookie" Blaylock, the former NBA All-Star who played for the Atlanta Hawks through most of the 1990s, remains hospitalized and was formally charged on Monday afternoon after a fatal crash in Clayton County.
Clayton County Solicitor Tasha Mosley announced Monday that 46-year-old Blaylock is now charged with Second degree vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license, improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the highway and crossing a median in the accident that killed 43-year-old Monica Murphy on Tara Boulevard around noon last Friday.
All of Blaylock's charges are misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year and/or a $500 fine on each count.
Mosley said they have yet to find any evidence that Blaylock was drunk or doing anything reckless before the accident.
"If at any point in time during the course of the investigation, we find any new evidence that indicates he was under the influence or that there was reckless driving involved, then it would be upgraded to Vehicular One, a felony," she said.
If that happens, Mosley said the case would then be turned over to Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.
Either way, Mosley said Blaylock should not have been behind the wheel since he didn't have a valid license.
"His license, his ability to drive here in the State of Georgia on our roadways had been suspended and was still on active suspension at the time of this collision," Mosley said.
Spalding County authorities also confirmed they have an active arrest warrant for Blaylock for failing to show up for a May 2st court hearing on an earlier DUI charge.
Their records claim he tried to leave an Ingles parking lot after striking another car and was arrested by a Spalding County Sheriff Deputy and a State Patrolman.
The report says Blaylock refused a breathalyzer or sobriety tests.
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Police say Blaylock's Cadillac Escalade collided head-on with a van last Friday, killing the van's passenger, Monica Murphy.
Her husband, Frankie, who was driving the van, was not seriously injured.
Solicitor Mosley extended her condolences to Frankie Murphy, who she said was on his way back to Mississippi with the couple's five children, ages 3 to 15.
She said the Murphy family had recently moved here so Frankie could take a job.
Blaylock lives on a six-acre property near Zebulon, Ga., about 30 miles south of the accident scene. Bryan Bennett, a brother-in-law of Blaylock who was at the house Saturday taking care of two of Blaylock's youngest children, said doctors operated in the morning on Blaylock's broken ankle.
Some of Blaylock's family members say he'd had a recent history of seizures, but authorities say they have no evidence yet that the accident may have been caused by any medical incident.
Blaylock, who also played for the New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors over a 13-year NBA career, was an All-Star in 1994 while with the Hawks. The 6-0 guard averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals for his career. He made the NBA's all-defensive teams six times in the 1990s.
At Oklahoma, Blaylock helped the Sooners to reach the 1988 NCAA title game, where they lost to Kansas.
The two oldest of his five children, twin sons, play football for the University of Kentucky. Blaylock, at present, does not have a full-time job, Bennett said, but is living comfortably off his savings from his NBA days.