MISSOURI CITY, Texas — A family of a woman from Alief is making funeral arrangements for her after she died from her injuries in a car crash in San Antonio at the end of January.
According to her parents, Taylor McCowan was headed home from a bible study on Jan. 31 when she was hit head-on by a deputy U.S. Marshal Jonathan Jones. Police said Jones was driving the wrong way, and they charged him with intoxication assault.
"I’m struggling to understand and to cope with it that she is no longer here," Taylor's father, James McCowan, Jr. said.
After the crash, McCowan spent about two weeks in the hospital on life support. She succumbed to her injuries on Saturday.
Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said the office typically does not comment on pending cases.
"When a person dies days or weeks after a traumatic event that leads to an arrest, there is no automatic process that results in a criminal charge being upgraded against a defendant. That decision is made on a case-by-case basis. An arrest is often the beginning of an investigation by law enforcement. Once officers have concluded their investigation, they may forward their case to our office for review. From there, our investigators and prosecutors will review the case to determine how to proceed. To date, we are awaiting the filing of this case by law enforcement," Gonzales said in a statement.
The Marshals Service said Jones was placed on administrative leave.
"One life is too much," said Julio Zaghi with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "We want this to end. This is affecting too many families."
McCowan's sister-in-law, Jay, is joining MADD to help encourage people to make the right decisions by explaining Taylor's story, so others will not get behind the wheel drunk.
"Telling the story about Taylor could help other people and prevent them from getting on the road and driving under the influence," she said.
Taylor was heavily involved in religious groups, both in the Houston area and in San Antonio where she lived after graduating from UTSA in May.
"We want to make sure that the foundation that [Taylor's] laid and she's prepared for the people she's already touched -- it'll be continuous tributaries because that person is going to touch somebody, and then that person is going to touch somebody," McCowan's mother, Raquel Hatch, said.
"It hit me like a ton of bricks when I looked around and saw all the people she impacted," her father said about looking around the hospital room and seeing all of the friends who came to pray over her.
Taylor's funeral is on Feb. 24 at the Windsor Village Methodist Church, 6000 Heatherbrook Dr. Houston, TX 77085. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services begin at 11 a.m.