Wake Forest University basketball coach charged in death of NYC tourist

Justin GreeneAug 11, 2018

The Wake Forest Athletic Department released a statement that said: "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information".

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has been charged with assaulting a tourist in Queens, according to a police report obtained by Sports Illustrated. Jones is accused of punching 35 year old Sandor Szabo, who then fell back and struck his head on the pavement, according to NBC New York. Szabo died just before 3 p.m. later that Tuesday in a NY hospital.

Relatives say Szabo tapped on the window of Jones' SUV while searching for his Uber after leaving a family wedding around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

A witness told Associated Press Mr Szabo may have been intoxicated and knocked on a number of vehicle windows before Jones allegedly hit him.

On Friday, Wake Forest announced that Jones was on leave by athletic director Ron Wellman.

Wake Forest is coached by former National Basketball Association star Danny Manning. He was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon. He said Jones is cooperating with the police investigation. The district attorney's office would not comment on whether there would be additional charges. The Jones family sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the Szabo family.

Jones, a Philadelphia native, previously coached at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast. His family has said he was looking for his ride. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton, Florida, for a wedding.

"His handsome spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said in the Facebook post. We're going to say one thing and that's all.

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