Former All-Star Mookie Blaylock is in critical condition following a head-on collision in an Atlanta suburb on Friday afternoon, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Authorities said Blaylock was in an SUV when he crossed the median and crashed head-on into an oncoming van carrying two people, killing one and injuring the other. Blaylock was taken off life support last night and remains in guarded, but critical, condition. It’s unknown whether Blaylock will face charges. From the AJC:
Former NBA star and Hawks player Mookie Blaylock was in critical condition and another woman died hours after a head-on collision Friday afternoon in Clayton County, according to police.
Blaylock, 46, was driving a Cadillac Escalade northbound on Tara Boulevard when for unknown reasons, he crossed over the median and into a southbound lane around 1 p.m., Jonesboro police Chief Franklin Allen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Blaylock’s vehicle struck another vehicle head-on, injuring two people, Frankie and Monica Murphy, and himself, Allen said.
All three were transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where Blaylock was flown and was on life support and unresponsive Friday afternoon, Allen said. Monica Murphy, 40, died Friday evening at the hospital, Allen said.
Blaylock’s condition improved late Friday and he was removed from life support, but he remained in guarded, but critical condition, Allen said. Blaylock has been under treatment for seizures, a family member told police. It was not immediately known if that contributed to the wreck.
Monica Murphy was a passenger in the second vehicle and underwent surgery, Allen said. Frankie Murphy’s injuries were not serious, according to police.
Jonesboro officers were at the hospital Friday evening with the victims, while other officers remained at the crash scene, Allen said. Allen asked for a Georgia State Patrol reconstruction team to assist with the investigation.
According to Allen, Blaylock had an outstanding warrant out of Spalding County on DUI and drug charges for failing to appear in court. Investigators do not believe alcohol was a factor in the Friday wreck.