Extremely touted basketball recruit and fogeys hit by car in downtown Louisville

Cops examine the scene on Second Avenue and East Market Avenue the place a driver struck pedestrians in downtown Louisville on July 5, 2022. A person was taken into custody and charged with impairment and three adults and one little one had been taken to the UofL and Norton Youngsters’s Hospital.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — 4 pedestrians who had been hospitalized after police mentioned an impaired driver hit them Tuesday night in downtown Louisville embody a College of Iowa ladies’s basketball recruit and her mother and father, officers say.

Ava Jones and her mother and father, Amy and Trey Jones, had been struck together with a baby shortly earlier than 8 p.m. Tuesday whereas in Louisville, Wheat State Elite coach Craig Nicholson confirmed to The Hutchinson Information, a part of the USA TODAY Community.

Nicholson coaches Ava Jones on Wheat State Elite, an AAU staff from Kansas.

Amy, Trey and Ava Jones had been all in important situation Wednesday evening, a College of Louisville Hospital official mentioned. The kid was handled for “minor accidents,” Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Beth Ruoff added.

Ava Jones will make a full restoration, household mentioned Wednesday morning in an e mail to The Hutchinson Information, whereas extra updates on the mother and father weren’t obtainable.

The household got here to Louisville for the Run 4 Roses Basic, an AAU ladies basketball match working by means of Friday on greater than 80 courts unfold all through the Kentucky Exposition Heart.

Jones is ranked because the 83rd greatest ladies basketball participant within the nation within the Class of 2023, in keeping with ESPNW’s prime 100.

Nickerson's Ava Jones was named the 2022 all-Reno County girls basketball player of the year.

Nickerson’s Ava Jones was named the 2022 all-Reno County ladies basketball participant of the yr.

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Amy and Trey Jones each work for the native college district in Nickerson, Kansas. Amy Jones is the assistant superintendent for Nickerson USD 309, whereas Trey Jones teaches woodworking at the highschool and is the top observe and area coach.

Nickerson is a city of almost 1,000 residents that’s roughly 60 miles northwest of Wichita.

Ruoff mentioned the accident occurred Tuesday evening when a driver struck the 4 pedestrians at Second and Market streets.

Ruoff didn’t establish the 4 pedestrians however mentioned they had been taken to College of Louisville Hospital and Norton Youngsters’s Hospital.

LMPD arrested Michael Hurley, 33, of Lexington, Indiana, after the incident and charged him with 4 counts of first-degree assault together with driving below the affect and a license possession violation.

Hurley was turning left off Market to go north on Second when his automobile left the street and hit the 4 pedestrians, in keeping with an arrest quotation. Alcohol was not listed as an element within the crash, however LMPD mentioned Hurley informed officers he had taken hydrocodone and was “so drained that he couldn’t make the flip.”

Hurley pleaded not responsible to the fees throughout an arraignment listening to Wednesday morning and had his bond set at $500,000, with a public defender appointed to symbolize him, in keeping with courtroom information.

He had no prison historical past in Kentucky courtroom information. In keeping with Indiana courtroom information, Hurley was sentenced in August 2021 to roughly one yr of probation after pleading responsible in a Scott County case to at least one rely every of illegal possession of a syringe and illegal possession/use of a legend drug.

As a part of that plea deal, Hurley noticed three different expenses dismissed that associated to drug possession and leaving the scene of an accident, in keeping with Indiana courtroom information.

Ava Jones introduced her dedication Sunday to Iowa after initially choosing Arizona State.

As a junior this previous season at Nickerson Excessive College in Kansas, the 6-foot-2 ahead averaged 20.8 factors, 15.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per recreation whereas serving to her staff end fourth within the Kansas Class 3A state match. She additionally has certified for quite a few observe and area occasions on the Kansas state meet and performs volleyball, in keeping with The Hutchinson Information.

The College of Iowa mentioned it’s not allowed to touch upon Jones’ state of affairs attributable to NCAA guidelines pertaining to unsigned athletes.

Brooks Holton and Billy Kobin report for The Courier Journal. Billy Watson experiences for The Hutchinson Information in Hutchinson, Kansas, a part of the USA TODAY Community.

Attain Billy Kobin at [email protected]

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