Ex-NBA Star Mookie Blaylock in Jail, Charged in Fatal Car Crash

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 10, 2013

2 Feb 1996:  Guard Mookie Blaylock of the Atlanta Hawks stands on the court during a game against the Orlando Magic at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, Florida.  The Magic won the game 108-95. Mandatory Credit: Allsport  /Allsport
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Former NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock surrendered himself to authorities on Monday and has been charged with vehicular homicide for his role in a head-on collision south of Atlanta.

Police say that on May 31, Blaylock drove his Cadillac Escalade over a median and struck a van head-on. The van's passenger, 43-year-old Monica Murphy, died hours later while her husband, Frankie, survived. Blaylock arrived at Atlanta Medical Center unresponsive and was on life support, but his condition improved over time.

According to the Associated Press, his attorney said that Blaylock blacked out moments before the crash. He has also been charged with driving on a suspended license, making an improper lane change and driving over a median, while authorities added that he is wanted elsewhere for failure to appear on a DUI charge.

Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen previously told a local TV station that Blaylock had a "history of seizures," and police were then attempting to determine if the accident may have been caused by a seizure.

"We are saddened to hear of the accident today involving Mookie Blaylock and the Murphy family and the ensuing passing of Monica Murphy," the Hawks organization had said in a statement released on the night of the accident. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved."

Blaylock played seven of his 13 NBA seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, and also suited up for the New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors. He was a second-team AP All-American at the University of Oklahoma and made six All-Defensive teams and was selected for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game.

He averaged 13.5 points and 6.7 assists for his career and ranks 30th on the league's all-time assist leaders with 5,972.