LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – One of four people hit by a car Tuesday night as they drove through downtown Louisville died Thursday.
Trey Jones, 42, died Thursday at the University of Louisville Hospital, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office announced Friday. Jones and his wife are believed to be in critical condition after investigators said Michael Hurley, 33, of Lexington, Indiana, drove onto the sidewalk of 2nd and Market streets just after 8 p.m. and “hit a family of four. standing on the sidewalk causing serious injury to all four.” Hurley told police responding to the scene that he had just taken hydrocodone and was “so tired he couldn’t do the round”.
Ava Jones, 17, and her younger brother were also affected. Ava Jones, listed earlier this week as being in serious condition, is a star basketball player from Nickerson High School in Kansas. After receiving 15 Division I offers, Jones signed on Sunday to play college basketball at the University of Iowa. A incoming senior at Nickerson, Jones averaged 20.8 points, 15.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game during her junior season.
Hunter Jones, Ava’s older brother, spoke to WDRB News on Friday. He flew into town to care for their 10-year-old brother, Creek, who was released from hospital after being treated for minor injuries.
“He’s a soldier and he’s super strong, and my dad taught me everything I know, so now I have to teach him everything I know,” Jones said. “And now that I’ve learned everything I can from my dad, and I’m just here to take care of him and I’ll teach him the same thing he taught me.”
Jones, who competes in track and field at the University of Pittsburgh in Kansas, left practice as soon as he heard about the accident.
“He was a great man, he was a mentor to a lot of kids,” he said of his father. “Just seeing the people he was there for, the people he mentored, my good friends who don’t have father role models, he was there for them. He was just a great person, great overall and he is so loved by many.”
Hunter said his mother Amy remains in serious condition as doctors remain concerned about her head injuries.
“Luckily she really came out of it with a couple of minor back fractures and is expected to make a full recovery,” he said of Ava.
The family was in town for the “Run 4 Roses” women’s basketball tournament at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Dylan Evans, who leads Jones’ AAU team Wheat State Elite, said Trey and Ava’s wife are “making progress” but both remain at U of L Hospital.
“It will be a slow process, but hopefully everything will continue in the right direction,” Evans said.
Ellis said the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office added a murder charge against Hurley to accompany his existing charges of assault and driving a motor vehicle under the influence.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family. To donate, click here. By 4 p.m. Friday, he had raised nearly $28,000.
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