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Mookie Blaylock improved but still critical after Atlanta-area crash

JONESBORO, Ga., June 1 (UPI) — Former NBA player Mookie Blaylock was improved but still in critical condition Saturday after being injured in a fatal car crash near Atlanta, police said.

A woman was killed in the wreck Friday in Clayton County and Blaylock was briefly on life support before being upgraded to guarded but critical condition at Atlanta Medical Center.

Blaylock, 46, spent 13 years as a point guard in the NBA and played for the Atlanta Hawks from 1992-1999. He ended his career with a scoring average of 13.5 points and 6.7 assists per game.

The cause of the head-on crash in Jonesboro was not immediately known. Police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Blaylock’s Cadillac Escalade crossed a median and struck an oncoming vehicle.

Monica Murphy, 40, was in the other vehicle and died of her injuries Friday night. Another occupant of the vehicle, Frankie Murphy, was injured.

Police Chief Franklin Allen told the newspaper Blaylock had an outstanding warrant for drunken driving but it did not appear alcohol played a role in Friday’s crash.

A family member told police Blaylock has been under treatment for seizures, but the newspaper said it was not immediately known if that was a contributing factor.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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