Mookie Blaylock Charged with Second-Degree Vehicular Homicide

Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 3, 2013

Former NBA All-Star guard Mookie Blaylock is being charged with second-degree vehicular homicide after a crash he allegedly caused resulted in a woman's death on Friday night.

The news comes from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore:

According to USA Today Sports, the former Atlanta Hawk was driving in Jonesboro, Ga., on Friday when his car veered into oncoming traffic and hit a van head-on. 

The passenger of that van died as a result of the accident.    

Now, Blaylock, who was driving under a suspended license, according to USA Today's Ray Glier, faces a second-degree vehicular manslaughter charge along with improper lane change, crossing the median and driving on the wrong side of the road. 

Blaylock is still in the hospital with injuries of his own, although he is in fair condition after initially being put on life support, per the Associated Press via

According to Clayton County state solicitor Tasha Mosley, via Glier, Blaylock has indeed "lawyered up," as he faces 12 months in jail and probation. 

There have been claims that Blaylock had a seizure and blacked out at the wheel, but Mosley stated the following regarding that information (via Glier): "We have no indications of seizures. We have no medical records."

Nevertheless, nothing is final yet, as the investigation is still in progress and more details are likely to surface in the coming days. 

Blaylock was drafted by the New Jersey Nets out of the University of Oklahoma in 1989 and spent 13 seasons in the NBA with the Nets, Hawks and Golden State Warriors.

He appeared in one All-Star game and retired in 2002 at the age of 34.