Former NBA Star Mookie Blaylock In Critical Condition After Car Crash

By Staff  |  06/01/2013

Mookie Blaylock

Former NBA All-Star guard, Daron "Mookie" Blaylock, was in critical condition late Friday (May 31), after his SUV crashed in Atlanta.

According to the Associated Press, the 46-year-old former NBA player was driving in Atlanta suburb Jonesboro Friday, when he his SUV crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a van.

Blaylock was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center, while a passenger in the van was fatally injured.

43-year-old Monica Murphy, a passenger in the van, died just before 10 p.m., while her husband, 41-year-old Frankie Murphy, sustained a broken ankle and was released from the hospital after undergoing treatment.

Blaylock was initially placed on life support at the hospital, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that his condition improved Friday night and he was taken off of it.

Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen told WSB-TV in Atlanta that Blaylock has had "a history of seizures," and police were trying to find out if a seizure may have led to the accident.

The former NBA star played 13 seasons in the league, and first drafted in 1989 by the New Jersey Nets. He played for the Atlanta Hawks between 1992 and 1999, appeared in the 1994 NBA All-Star game and had his best season in 1996-97, averaging 17.4 points and 5.9 assists.

Blaylock also played for the Golden State Warriors, and finished his career with averages of 13.5 points and 6.2 assists.