Wake Forest coach punched NYC tourist who died from injuries

Kristopher Nichols
August 10, 2018

Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones has been charged with assault in the case of a Queens attack that led to the death of a Florida tourist, according to The New York Post.

Police arrested a college basketball coach Thursday after a Florida tourist, in Queens for his stepsister's wedding, died after a punch to the face. Szabo apparently thought the SUV was his Uber back to his hotel.

Jones was on Will Wade's staff during the 2015-2016 season before leaving for an assistant coaching job at Central Florida.

Szabo, of Boca Raton, was hospitalized in critical condition and died two days later, according to his employer in Florida. The head of the victim, Sandor Szabo, "hit the pavement when he fell back and he lost consciousness", NY police said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. Massena said the encounter between Jones and Szabo was "a tragic accident and we will deal with it in the courts".

An eyewitness said Szabo was banging on cars and slammed down on Jones' vehicle before the confrontation, the official said.

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Jones was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court October 2. "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

Wake Forest had no immediate comment, the AP reported. We're going to say one thing and that's all.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post continued.

[Sandor's] family and friends are overwhelmed, but not surprised, by the outpouring of love and support from the many people whose lives he touched; he did not know a stranger. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested.

"His handsome spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said in the Facebook post.

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