Blaylock faces charges in fatal crash
by USA TODAY Sports staff and wire, USA TODAY
Daron “Mookie” Blaylock, the former NBA All-Star who played for the Atlanta Hawks through most of the 1990s, remains hospitalized and faces two charges after a fatal crash in suburban Atlanta, police said Sunday.
Jonesboro (Ga.) Police Chief Franklin Allen said 46-year-old Blaylock is charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane.
Allen says officers haven’t been able to talk with Blaylock yet because of injuries suffered in the wreck, but they hope to do so as early as Monday. The chief says that interview and talks with prosecutors will determine whether Blaylock will face other charges.
Police say Blaylock was driving an SUV that collided head-on with a van Friday. The crash killed a 43-year-old woman, Monica Murphy. Murphy’s husband, Frankie, was driving the van.
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.
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.
Contributing: Ray Glier; The Associated Press.