Ex-NBA Player Blaylock Faces Charge of Vehicular HomicideJoel Rosenblatt
Former professional basketball player Mookie Blaylock will be charged with vehicular homicide after a car crash that left an occupant of another vehicle dead, a Georgia prosecutor said.
Blaylock will face five misdemeanor charges: vehicular homicide in the second degree, driving on a suspended license, failure to maintain a lane, driving on wrong side of the road, and crossing a median, Clayton County State Solicitor Tasha Mosely said in a phone interview today.
Blaylock was critically injured in a May 31 head-on collision that left a woman dead in Jonesboro, Georgia, 12 miles south of Atlanta.
He is in the hospital and hasn’t yet been arrested, Mosely said, adding that officials from nearby Spaulding County have previous, outstanding warrants for Blaylock and seek to charge him with driving under the influence and failure to appear in court. Mosely said her office hasn’t yet learned the name of Blaylock’s lawyer.
“The investigation is still in its infancy,” Mosely said. The results of a toxicology report aren’t complete, according to a statement from police in Jonesboro.
Blaylock, a point guard, played 13 seasons in the NBA, ending his career with averages of 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He played for the New Jersey Nets from 1989 to 1992 when he joined the Atlanta Hawks until 1999. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California, where he played for three seasons.