Hospital: Mookie Blaylock upgraded to ‘serious’ condition after fatal car crash
Former NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock has been upgraded from “critical” to “serious” condition on Saturday, one day after he allegedly caused a head-on collision that left one woman dead, according to a hospital spokesperson and police in Joneseboro, GA.
The Associated Press reports Blaylock’s condition is improving.
Atlanta Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Gustin confirmed that the 46-year-old Blaylock’s condition had improved since he was airlifted to the hospital. Police said the former Atlanta Hawks player was initially placed on life support and was in critical condition late Friday even after he was taken off of it.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday Blaylock was one of three people injured during the head-on collision.
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, whose names were not released, and himself, Franklin said.
All three were transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where Blaylock was flown and was on life support and unresponsive, Franklin said. A female passenger in the second vehicle was bleeding internally, he said.
The female passenger died Friday night at the hospital.
USA Today Sports reported Saturday Blaylock could face criminal charges related to the accident and previous driving violations.
Jonesboro police chief Franklin Allen told USA TODAY Sports there will be a discussion next week with the district attorney over charges.
Blaylock also is in line to face charges for driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain control of the vehicle, Allen said.
Allen also said there was an outstanding warrant in Spalding County for Blaylock for failure to appear on a DUI and drug charge. There were no indications alcohol or a high rate of speed was a factor in the accident. Allen said Blaylock previously had been under a doctor’s care for seizures.
Jonesboro is located roughly 20 miles south of Atlanta, where Blaylock spent seven seasons as a member of the Hawks.
Blaylock, 46, was selected by the Nets with the No. 12 pick in the 1989 draft after earning All-American honors at Oklahoma. He put together a 13-year NBA career with the Nets, Hawks and Warriors, and holds career averages of 13.5 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
The 6-foot point guard twice led the league in steals per game and was selected to the All-Defensive first or second team for six straight years from 1994 to 1999. He was selected to the 1994 All-Star Game and averaged 13.8 points, a career-high 9.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals for the Hawks that season.
“Sending good thoughts to Mookie,” the band wrote on its @pearljamofficial Instagram account, attaching this image of Blaylock in a Nets jersey.