Former NBA guard Daron ‘Mookie’ Blaylock was involved in a
motor vehicle accident in Jonseboro, Georgia on Friday afternoon. His career spans 13 seasons,
primarily as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. In 1994, he was named a member
of the NBA All-Star team. Over his career, Blaylock averaged 13.5 points,
6.7 assists, and over two steals a game. Blaylock is a 46 years old.
Blaylock caused a head on collision which left himself in serious condition,
and one woman dead. The accident occurred when Blaylock crossed the center
line while driving his Cadillac Escalade northbound along an Atlanta highway
and struck a van head on.
Blaylock as well as, the van’s driver and passenger where airlifted
to Atlanta Medical Center. Blaylock sustained serious injuries as a result
of the accident and was unresponsive upon arrival. He was initially placed
on life support. However, he was subsequently taken off life support because
his condition improved. Hospital representatives report that his condition
is stable at this time.
The van’s driver suffered from a broken ankle. His 40 year old wife,
who was the passenger in the van, was pronounced dead after arriving at
Atlanta Medical Center.
Authorities have not yet determined what caused Blaylock to cross the center line.
At this time, it is not clear why Blaylock crossed the center line. According
to a family member, Blaylock is presently being treated for seizures.
Georgia State Patrol’s reconstruction team has initiated an investigation
into the cause of the accident, but no findings have been released. Blaylock
currently has outstanding warrants for DUI and drug charges in Spaiding
County, Georiga. However, alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
Blaylock charged with two counts in connection with the accident; more
serious charges may follow.
Today, Blaylock was charged with two counts as a result of the incident,
for driving with a suspended license and failure to stay in his designated
lane. According to a statement issued by Jonesboro, Georgia’s Chief
of Police, Frank Allen, investigators intend to speak with Blaylock as
soon as his condition improves, in order to determine whether more serious
charges are warranted. They believe Blaylock will be able to speak with
investigators within the next 24 hours.
87 percent of trucking accidents which also involve a passenger vehicle
are caused by head on collisions.
Vehicles crossing the center line account for the majority of head on collisions.
For example, a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation
revealed that 87 percent of motor vehicle accidents which occur between
a truck and a passenger vehicle are the result of the passenger vehicle
crossing the center line into traffic.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a head on collision that resulted
from another driver crossing the center line, you should contact an attorney
immediately. An attorney can ensure that your legal rights are protected
and that you receive the compensation you deserve.