Former NBA star Daron “Mookie” Blaylock was involved in a two-car accident at the end of May that left a mother of five dead and Blaylock himself temporarily on life support. He told authorities at the time that he had blacked out before the crash in Atlanta and was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter.
Now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Blaylock has turned himself in to authorities.
Blaylock is being charged not only with the vehicular manslaughter charge, but also driving on a suspended license, failure to maintain lane and crossing a center median. He awaits word as to whether he’ll be released on bond, which Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen says “will likely be high.”
Don Samuel, Blaylock’s attorney, says the crash was caused by a medical emergency.
“He had a blackout and what caused it, whether it be from hsi NBA career or something else, we’re trying to get to the bottom of it,” says Samuel.
Allen adds that Blaylock therefore should not have been behind the wheel.
“If he had a medical condition
and knew he had the tendency to black out, he shouldn’t have been
driving. If he knew his license was suspended, he
shouldn’t have been driving. This was avoidable,” says Allen.
The AJC also reports that Blaylock has an outstanding arrest warrant in Spalding County, Georgia for failure to appear in court in March on a charge of DUI.