A family was attacked while walking on a sidewalk in downtown Louisville, Kentucky by an allegedly inebriated driver. The father of the adolescent basketball star is dead, and she and her mother are fighting for their lives.
According to the Courier-Journal, basketball star William “Trey” Jones III passed away on Thursday from his wounds, but his wife Amy Jones and their teenage daughter Ava Jones are still in the hospital. In the July 5 event, Ava’s brother also sustained injuries.
All four members of the Jones family were rushed to nearby hospitals in severe condition, but Trey passed away on Thursday as a result of his wounds, according to the local news station WDRB. The boy was later said to have undergone treatment for minor wounds, and Amy and Ava were listed as critically ill but stable, according to the Courier-Journal.
Ava and her family were in Louisville for the Run 4 the Roses girls’ basketball tournament, in which Ava was competing with her club team. Ava is a rising Kansas high school basketball star at Nickerson High School and had recently verbally committed to the University of Iowa, according to ESPN.
After allegedly hitting the family, a man has been charged with murder. The man, who has been identified as Michael Hurley, 33, of Lexington, Indiana, was initially accused of four charges of first-degree assault, DUI, and a license possession infraction.
Hurley will now also be charged with murder, according to the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) informed WDRB.
LMPD, the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, and others have been contacted by PEOPLE for comment.
After hitting the Jones family on the sidewalk, Hurley allegedly told police that he had taken Hydrocodone before getting behind the wheel and that he was “so exhausted he could not make the turn.” If Hurley has retained counsel who can speak on his behalf, it was not immediately evident.
As Ava, Amy, and their loved ones recuperate, donations keep coming into the family’s GoFundMe account, which has already raised over $96,000.One commenter wrote: “Our hearts are heavy for your family. We are wishing you strength as you recover from this terrible event.”
And yet another “Amy, I’m thinking of you and your family and I’m sincerely praying for your daughter’s and your recovery. I sincerely apologize for the loss you have experienced.”