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Mookie Blaylock charged with vehicular manslaughter due to accident

Jun 3, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

File of Golden State Warriors guard Mookie Blaylock in Dallas Reuters

The accident that left former NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock in serious condition left another woman dead.

Police investigating the accident had been waiting to talk to Blaylock, who was on life support right after the accident, but now that they have spoken to him he faces some serious charges, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Former NBA and Hawks star Daron “Mookie” Blaylock was charged Monday with second-degree vehicular homicide for allegedly causing the wreck that killed a 40-year-old woman.

Blaylock, 46, was also charged with improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving on a suspended license and crossing into the median for the Friday afternoon wreck in Jonesboro, the Clayton County Solicitor told Channel 2 Action News. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

Police said this was a head-on collision that left Monica Murphy dead and others hospitalized. I’m not going to speculate on what precipitated this tragedy, there are no other charges right now.

Blaylock had a 13-year NBA career, seven of those years with the Hawks. He was a lock-down defender who played a solid, old-school point guard game.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    “All of the charges are misdemeanors.”

    How is vehicular manslaughter a misdemeanor?

    • sashe78 - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      That quote from Atlanta Journal Constitution is misleading, The reporter in Atlanta should have written that,”Blalock was charged with the misdemeanors of improper lane usage, “etc…in the second paragraph. Vehicular manslaughter is a felonious offence.

    • devonnullman - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Try rereading the article, it is poorly written but I believe that the Vehicular Manslaughter is not included in the last statement of the 2nd paragraph of the quotation from the Atlanta paper.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      That’s what I said when the guy who killed my little sister driving his dad’s truck while she was crossing the street in a residential neighborhood just walked away with probation and some community service.

  2. mz1394 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Rot in hell a-hole

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      he wasnt drunk moron. he has a history of seizures…the only reason he got charged with vehicular manslaughter is likely because his license is suspended.

      • erckle31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        So if his license wasn’t suspended he wouldn’t have been charged, what logic is that? If he has a history of seizures that’s even worse as he shouldn’t be driving in the first place and it doesn’t take away from the fact that he caused the death of another human being. Intoxicated or not, he is still absolutely at fault if it was really him that caused the accident.

      • muhangis - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        The suspended license is too indirectly connected to him killing the woman, but folks will associate his guilt with that, just as well he could have been driving legally with a license and the accident still could have occurred, it doesn’t change anything, for those accidents happen just as often.

        For all we know, his unsuspended license could be due to merely unpaid court fines. So that makes him a slime bag? It’s an unfortunate incident, I’m certain Mookie will live with this horror in his mind for the rest of his life, but two wrongs never make a right. Punishing him unnecessarily will not turn back the clock and bring her life back.

      • brutl - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        People who fail their epilepsy test get their license taken away.. it happened to my sister. It was really sad because it’s hard to have a life unless you live in a city if you don’t drive.
        Many people cause accidents from talking on their cell phones, falling asleep at the wheel, rubbernecking, or just plain not paying attention. They are absolutely at fault, but it’s not vehicular manslaughter, so what’s your point??

      • erckle31 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        It actually is vehicular manslaughter, there is already legal precedent in cases with epilepsy (if that’s the case here) like this.

  3. rajbais - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    And this is going on within days of him being on “life-support”.

    We are not even sure if Blaylock himself will survive.

    A terrible time in the post-career life of the former point guard.

  4. cordellgc - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    i’d pretend I was still in a coma

  5. mz1394 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Driving on a suspended license moron . Learn to read . You are the only moron on here. So if he did have a seizure history he wouldn’t be able to drive anyway . Thanks for proving what an idiot you are though

  6. rgledz - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Lots of seizure experts on here tonight. Just because he has a history of seizures doesn’t mean he can’t get a drivers license….hence the suspended license implying that he had one moron. Epilepsy can be controlled by meds and if there aren’t any seizures for a period of time, usually years and proof that it’s under control one can get their drivers license. Wishing that somebody rot in hell based on a two paragraph article shows what kind of S for brains you are. Get the whole story first…..moron.

  7. mz1394 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    If your license is suspended you don’t have one . Alot of minimum wage morons that live in their moms basement on here today. Too bad he didn’t take out one of you idiots

    • devonnullman - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      Why so rude ? Do you think that gets your point across better by being rude ?

    • muhangis - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      mz, better minimum wage than minimum intelligence as yourself.

  8. bishopbengals - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I’ve seen you not approve messages I’ve placed that weren’t bad but you approve a message by this mz moron when he wishes death upon posters? Stand up job you guys do here as editors.

  9. JMClarkent - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Crossing into the median and driving on the wrong side of the road are likely also big issues (if he was weaving in and out of traffic opposed to having a seizure), it sounds like reckless endangerment.

  10. rgledz - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Hey mz……I said “had” a license…..that’s past tense moron. Mom’s basement jokes……really??? Weak.

  11. flyingvien - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Lighten up, Francises.

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