Victim Dies After Driving Through Street Basketball Game

Danny Jones Never Regained Consciousness After Beating

A Columbus man who was severely beaten after driving through a street basketball game has died. Danny Jones never regained consciousness after the altercation on Wimbish Court last Thursday according to his family.

The 62 year old drove through Charter Oaks Circle where kids had gathered on his way to his deceased mother’s home on Wimbish Court.  Two men followed Jones to his family’s home according to court testimony. Daniel Piett is currently charged with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery and Criminal Trespass in connection to the incident.

Jones yelled at the children to get out of the road prompting the altercation according to a police investigator. 25 year old Darnel Piett pursued the 62 year old grandfather and knocked on the family’s door. Piett told police Danny Jones was the aggressor and Piett’s family told First News the young man wasn’t a fighter and loved all people.

But a Police detective testified Jones‘ injuries weren’t consistent with the 25 year old’s account. Jones suffered multiple fractures in his neck as a direct result of the fight and then major complications in the days that followed contracting sepsis and suffering a massive stroke. He was placed on a ventilator and never regained consciousness.  

Danny Jones’ official cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner but the manner of death is listed as homicide according to the Muscogee County Coroner.

Piett’s brother, Cadarious Walker was named as the second suspect in connection to the case. A warrant has already been issued for his arrest for Aggravated Assault and Criminal Trespass.  A police officer testified Walker beat up Danny Jones’ brother during the incident.  The criminal charges could be upgraded as the result of his death.

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