• Solicitor charges Mookie Blaylock with vehicular homicide


    CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A former Atlanta Hawks player has been charged with second degree vehicular homicide following a deadly crash.

    The Clayton County solicitor announced the charges against Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock on Monday afternoon.

    Blaylock crashed into a van carrying a couple on Tara Boulevard Friday, Jonesboro police said. A woman in the van, 43-year-old Monica Murphy, died that night at the hospital. Her husband, Frankie Murphy, was discharged.

    “There's nothing that can get her back. There's nothing that can replace the hole that's been left,” Murphy told Channel 2’s Tom Jones.

    The father of five said he and his wife were house hunting before the crash. The couple stopped at a Taco Bell restaurant and got back on the road when they were struck.

    “I only saw him coming right before he hit us. He just appeared right in front of us,” Murphy said.

    Police are still trying to determine what led up to the crash. Blaylock faces five charges, including driving on a suspended license, improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the road and crossing into the median.

    Police said he wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he drove into oncoming traffic. His wife told officers he was having trouble with seizures.

    Blaylock, a point guard, played 13 seasons in the NBA, including with the Atlanta Hawks from 1992 to 1999. Records show he lives in Zebulon in Pike County.

    Blaylock is listed in serious condition at the hospital. A police source told Jones he refused to speak to investigators.

    Murphy, who suffered a broken ankle, said he doesn’t know how his family will cope with the loss.

    “There's nothing that can help recover from this,” he said.

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