A former Atlanta Hawks player is now facing numerous misdemeanor charges after allegedly causing the death of a 43-year-old woman. According to the Clayton County Solicitor in Georgia, the NBA veteran was driving on a suspended license at the time of the fatal auto accident on Tara Boulevard, but the investigation has so far not uncovered any factors that would upgrade charges to felony status. These factors would include evidence of driving under the influence or reckless driving.
The current charges in the ongoing investigation consist of improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the highway, crossing a median, driving while on a suspended license and vehicular homicide in the second degree. Discretionary sentencing for each count requires a $500 fine and/or imprisonment for up to one year. The former NBA all-star also faces charges for an unrelated incident in Spalding county. The report shows that the man refused sobriety tests after hitting another vehicle and failed to appear in court following arrest for DUI.
The woman killed in the car crash was the sole passenger in a van driven by her husband. The couple had recently moved to Georgia for reasons of employment. The widow of the deceased woman was reportedly returning to Mississippi with his wife and their five children. A potential wrongful death suit against the former Hawk was not discussed with reporters.
A car accident death caused by an impaired or negligent driver changes the family of the deceased forever. Beyond the long-term grieving of the loss of a loved one, financial devastation can also follow a fatal car wreck. There may be no one available in sound emotional shape to handle final medical expenses, funeral fees and basic family needs. An Atlanta car accident attorney may be able to help the family return to better financial footing.
Source: 11 Alive, “Mookie Blaylock formally charged in fatal crash,” June 3, 2013