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Tragedy struck the Kansas high school women’s athletics and basketball community last week with news of the death of William “Trey” Jones, as well as news of his daughter and wife’s fight at the hospital.
Jones, 42, Nickerson High School’s head athletics coach and father of elite basketball player Ava Jones, died Thursday at the University of Louisville Hospital after being hit by a car Tuesday, ESPN reported.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed his death to the Louisville Courier-Journal, according to The New York Post.
Ava Jones is in critical condition, along with her mother, Amy. His younger brother was reportedly slightly injured. Mary Jones, mother of Trey Jones, told the Hutchinson News that her granddaughter and daughter-in-law are in “stable but critical” condition.
Last week, Jones was with her daughter and family for a women’s basketball tournament when a left-turning car swerved out of the way and hit the four people as they walked down the downtown Louisville sidewalk. The accident happened at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, on Second and Market Street, according to Louisville Courier Journal.
The alleged driver, Michael Hurley, 33, was arrested and charged with one count of murder, driving under the influence and four counts of first-degree assault, according to the Post.
According to the LCJ, which obtained the arrest citation, Hurley told officers afterwards that he was “so tired he couldn’t go around” and that he had taken hydrocodone.
Just seven days ago, two days before the accident, Ava Jones signed up for the University of Iowa women’s basketball program.
Jones participated in the Kansas State Track and field championships this spring and finished second in the high jump, third in the pole vault and seventh in the javelin.
According to Kansas MileSplit, a candlelight vigil for the Jones family will be held Sunday, July 10 at the Nickerson High School grounds. It will begin at 8:45 p.m. CST. A GoFundMe has also been set up to support the family in their time of need.