Who is Ava Jones? Teen basketball star, mom hospitalized as dad dies in deadly car crash
Michael Hurley was driving through downtown Louisville and when he tried to make a left turn, his car drifted off the road and struck the four Jones family members
Ava Jones, a teenage basketball star, and her mother are both in critical condition after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Kentucky. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the tragedy happened on Tuesday, July 5, in the heart of Louisville. After the tragic event, Ava, her mother Amy, and her father William were taken to the University of Louisville Hospital immediately. The event left Ava's younger brother with minor injuries, and he was transferred to Norton Children's Hospital.
Sadly, Ava's father, William "Trey" Jones III, died at the hospital on Thursday, July 7, from his wounds. Last week, Ava's grandma, Mary Jones, said, "Ava is stable but critical. Amy is stable but critical, too, but Amy’s got a lot of things going. They’re both still on a [ventilator]. They’re trying to get Ava off, but it’s a process. Just slow going." According to the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, the driver who struck the Jones family has since been identified as 33-year-old Michael Hurley of Lexington, Indiana.
Hurley was detained on the spot and charged on the spot with four charges of first-degree assault, DUI, and a license possession infraction. Hurley was subsequently charged with murder when William died on Thursday, July 7. According to the LMPD's police report, Hurley was driving through downtown Louisville on Tuesday, July 5, when he tried to make a left turn, his car drifted off the road and struck the four Jones family members.
JONES FAMILY UPDATE: Ava’s older brother tells me she is still unconscious but has been “moving around” which he says is a positive sign. Her doctors say she suffered head trauma. Her mother has multiple broken bones and is also unconscious. Her father has passed away. @WDRBNews pic.twitter.com/6jSzYV3hmJ— Grace Hayba (@GraceHayba) July 8, 2022
Although alcohol was not involved in the devastating incident, the 33-year-old driver reportedly told the LMPD that he had taken hydrocodone, an opioid mostly used to treat pain and as a cough suppressant, which made him ‘so tired that he could not make the turn.’ Hurley entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment hearing on Wednesday, July 6 the day following the collision. He was imprisoned and given a $500,000 bond while he awaits his trial on the seven accusations.
Words are not enough. Trey Jones, it was an honor to know you even for 48 hours…thank you for Joy you brought to life and love you had for your dear family…inspiring! And as trivial as it is, thank you for the word-working lesson on Benny the Beaver. Rest east Big guy. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/IB4lr6D6na— Jenny (Roulier) Huth (@CoachJennyHuth) July 9, 2022
Meanwhile, according to PEOPLE, the Jones family left their home in Nickerson, Kansas on Tuesday, July 5, to go to Louisville for a basketball tournament that Ava was supposed to play in with the rest of her squad. A candlelight vigil for the Jones family's recovery was held at Nickerson High School on July 10 with the participation of teachers, students, staff members, and friends. The event was held on a recently built track in Ava's father's honor, who served as both the Kansas school's track coach and a teacher.
Principal of Nickerson High School Rick Blosser announced to the audience that Trey's essential organs were being harvested at the University of Louisville Hospital. Meanwhile, through a GoFundMe campaign, more than $109,692 has been raised as of now for the Jones family to cover their medical costs and aid in their recovery from the sad tragedy they were forced to endure.