Nickerson basketball star Ava Jones, family badly injured in crash in Louisville

Nickerson Lady Panther #35 Ava Jones shoots a free throw attempt.  The Nickerson Lady Panthers...
Nickerson Lady Panther #35 Ava Jones shoots a free throw attempt. The Nickerson Lady Panthers traveled to face the Larned Lady Indians in a Central Kansas League matchup held at Marvin Webster Court inside Larned Middle School in Larned, Kansas on January 7, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, (KWCH)
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 9:01 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: Louisville station WAVE 3 reports that two adults remain in critical condition and one teen girl is in serious but stable condition. The young boy was treated for minor injuries. The teen is Ava Jones. The two critically injured adults are her parents, Trey and Amy and the boy is Jones’ younger brother.

Michael Hurley, the man who was behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit the family when he failed to make a turn, has been charged with four counts of assault, as well as operating a vehicle under the influence and without a license. A judge set his bond at $500,000.

Nickerson basketball star Ava Jones, who recently committed to play at the University of Iowa, and her family were badly injured in a crash in Louisville Tuesday night.

Dylan Evans, the owner and director of Jones’ summer team, Wheat State Elite, said Jones, her parents Trey and Amy, and her brother are all hospitalized following the crash. News outlets in Louisville indicate all four were in critical condition. The team is in Louisville to play in a tournament.

Reports say Jones and her family were standing on a sidewalk when they were hit by 33-year-old Michael Hurley, who admitted he had just taken hydrocodone and was too tired to make a turn. Hurley was later arrested.

Jones is set to begin her senior year at Nickerson this fall. She led Nickerson to the Class 3A tournament this spring, averaging better than 20 points per game.

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