Retired NBA star Mookie Blaylock will initially face two charges for his role in a Friday car crash south of Atlanta that briefly put him on life support, and left a 43-year-old woman dead. Further charges could still be coming, including vehicular homicide.
Police still have no idea what caused Blaylock's Cadillac Escalade to veer into oncoming traffic on Tara Blvd., in Clayton County, Ga., around 1 p.m. on Friday. Blaylock struck a van driven by Frankie Murphy, who suffered only minor injuries, but Monica Murphy, in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Blaylock had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on DUI and drug charges, though a police source has said investigators don't believe alcohol played a role in Friday's crash. A family member told police that Blaylock had received treatment for seizures.
UPDATE-- 5:31PM -- MOOKIE CHARGED
On Monday, the former NBA and Hawks star was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide for the Friday afternoon wreck in Jonesboro, the Clayton County Solicitor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Blaylock, 46, was also charged with making an improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving on a suspended license and crossing into the median, Solicitor Tasha Mosley said.
All of the charges are misdemeanors. But Blaylock’s charges could be upgraded pending the results of toxicology tests, Mosley said. Second-degree homicide was the appropriate charge because investigators do not believe there was any malice, intent or contributing factors, such as alcohol, Mosley said. The charges were announced Monday after Mosley met with Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson and Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen.