Former NBA star and Atlanta Hawks point guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock has been taken off life support and is recovering from a fatal car crash he was involved in Friday afternoon in Clayton County, Georgia, that tragically resulted in one death.
The following is an excerpt from a report filed by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution:
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.
Blaylock was initially on life support following the horrific crash but was later upgraded to stable condition Friday evening. Blaylock has been under treatment for seizures, a family member told police. 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.
Later Friday night, just before 10:00 p.m., Monica Murphy passed away from internal bleeding. Surgery was attempted but was unsuccessful. Her husband, Frankie, sustained a broken ankle and was released from the hospital after undergoing treatment.
Blaylock was picked by the Nets with the 12th overall selection in the 1989 draft and spent his first three seasons in New Jersey. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 1992–93 campaign and played seven seasons in Atlanta. Blaylock flourished under Hawks head coach Lenny Wilkens, especially in ’94-’95 when he started all 80 games and averaged 17.2 points and 7.7 assists per game. He was later traded to the Golden State Warriors in a deal that brought Jason Terry, the 10th overall draft pick in 1999, to Atlanta. Mookie finished off his career playing as a reserve for the Warriors.
Blaylock’s NBA achievements:
- Led the NBA in steals two years in a row (1996–97 and 1997–98), joining Alvin Robertson,Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson and Chris Paul as the only players to pull off that feat.
- Led the NBA in three-point attempts and finished second in three-pointers made in the 1996–97 season.
- Is the Atlanta Hawks’ all-time franchise leader in three-point field goals made (1,050), three-point field goal attempts (3,023) and steals (1,321).
- Set the Atlanta Hawks’ single-season franchise records for three-pointers made (231) and attempted (623) in 1995–96.