Former NBA Star Mookie Blaylock faces second degree vehicular homicide charges for a traffic accident in which his SUV crossed a median and killed a woman passenger in another vehicle.
Police investigators also charged Blaylock with driving under a suspended license, improper lane change, crossing the median and driving on the wrong side of the road.
“The investigation is still underway and we are awaiting the toxicology report from the crime lab to determine if alcohol or drugs were present in Mr. Blaylock’s system,” Jonesboro police said.
Clayton County State Solicitor Tasha Mosley said Blaylock, still hospitalized in Atlanta from the accident, has not spoken yet with authorities. “He has lawyered up,” Mosley said. “Their attorney is flying in from out of state.” Mosley said the sentence for vehicular homicide second degree is “12 months in jail and probation. That’s usually what happens.”
Blaylock, driving south of Atlanta, lost control of his SUV, crossed the median and struck a van driven by Frankie Murphy. His wife, Monica, 43, was killed, and he suffered a broken ankle. Mosley said the Murphys have five children, ages 3 to 15. The family had just moved to Georgia from Mississippi.
Blaylock played much of his career for the Atlanta Hawks, in the 1990s, and was an All-Star while with them in 1994. He also played for the New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors over a 13-year career.