Jonesboro, Georgia – Former NBA all-star “Mookie” Blaylock is in the fight of his life in the hospital following a horrific accident which has already claimed the life of one person.
This past Friday night, Blaylock was travelling in his SUV when he crossed over into the oncoming traffic and drove head into an oncoming van driven by Mr. Frankie Murphy, age 41, and his wife Monica, age 43.
Mrs. Murphy was pronounced dead later that night. Her husband suffered a broken ankle and has been released from the hospital. Blaylock’s injuries were severe and he had to be taken to the hospital via a life flight.
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Blaylock was driving in Jonesboro on Friday when he crashed and was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center, said Clayton County police spokesman Clarence Cox.
In this image taken from video, an SUV sits off road at the scene of a car crash involving former NBA All-Star guard Mookie Blaylock on Friday outside Atlanta.
Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said late Friday that 43-year-old Monica Murphy, a passenger in the van, died just before 10 p.m. Allen said her husband, 41-year-old Frankie Murphy, sustained a broken ankle and was released from the hospital after undergoing treatment.
His condition has improved sufficient to be taken off of life support, but he remains in critical condition.
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 13 season NBA star has a history of seizures and it may be that is the cause of why he jumped lanes into oncoming traffic. However, the exact cause of the accident is unknown.
The former six foot point guard of the Atlanta Hawks, is originally from Texas, but now resides in Georgia. The Atlanta Hawks have publicly expressed words of support for Blaylock’s recovery. Blaylock remains at the Atlanta Medical Center.
“We are saddened to hear of the accident today involving Mookie Blaylock and the Murphy family and the ensuing passing of Monica Murphy,” the Hawks said in a statement released to the Journal-Constitution. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved.”
“Prayers out to Mookie Blaylock and his family! Big fan of his as a kid #PG #NBAFamily,” Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul tweeted.
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