Ex-NBA player Mookie Blaylock faces felony charge in fatal crash

Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:39pm EDT
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By David Beasley

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia prosecutors have upgraded criminal charges against former NBA player Mookie Blaylock in a head-on traffic crash last year that killed a 43-year-old mother of five, an official said on Tuesday.

Blaylock, 47, was driving a 2010 Cadillac Escalade last May in Clayton County, south of Atlanta, when he crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic and struck a minivan, injuring a passenger, Monica Murphy, 40, who died hours later after undergoing surgery at Atlanta Medical Center, police said.

Blaylock was critically injured in the accident but recovered.

He has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, a felony, upgraded from an initial misdemeanor charge, Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley told Reuters.

Prosecutors changed the charge after learning from another police agency that Blaylock had a medical condition and "knew he should not have been driving," Mosley said.

She did not name not name the condition, but police previously said they believed Blaylock suffered from a seizure disorder.

If convicted, Blaylock faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. The misdemeanor charge carried a maximum one-year sentence.

Blaylock was also charged with driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain his lane, both misdemeanors, police said.   Continued...