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Former Atlanta Hawk indicted on vehicular homicide

There are Georgia residents who suffer from a variety of medical conditions that result in seizures. These seizures or blackouts have the potential to not only cause harm to the individual experiencing them, but sometimes to others around them as well. A fatal Georgia car accident involving Mookie Blaylock, a former NBA player, could possibly be one such incident sparked by a seizure.

The accident occurred in May 2013. The head-on collision took the life of a mother and left her husband injured. Blaylock was also seriously injured in the accident and he spent time on life support before being released from the hospital several days later. Recently, a Clayton County grand jury chose to indict Blaylock on 14 charges. The charges include first-degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by a vehicle and reckless driving.

Blaylock’s criminal defense attorney has asserted that the cause of the blackouts have not yet been discovered. Doctors are working to determine if his 13-year NBA career factored into his episodes of blacking out. The attorney also stated that Blaylock suffered a seizure and blacked out at the time of the crash. Blaylock did not swerve or attempt to administer the brakes; instead, his foot was locked on the accelerator.

In cases like Blaylock’s, it is important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Potential defendants must ensure that the prosecution follows the letter of the law during the course of the investigation and the trial. A sound legal defense includes an evaluation of all facts surrounding the accident, and in this case, determining the cause of the seizure will be crucial. Serious charges such as these could lead to long-term consequences for a defendant.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Grand jury indicts former NBA star Mookie Blaylock,” Alexis Stevens, April 30, 2014


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