Former VCU basketball assistant charged in NY death

Former VCU basketball assistant charged in NY death

Former VCU basketball assistant charged in NY death

A homicide investigation is underway after a Wake Forest University basketball coach punched a Florida tourist, who later died, Thursday in NY, according to WPIX.

A college basketball coach threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who mistook him for an Uber driver, police said Thursday.

Jamill Jones has turned himself into New York City Police. He allegedly punched Sandor Szabo in the face, knocking him to the pavement, after Szabo knocked on the window of Jones' SUV early Sunday.

Jones joined the Demon Deacons staff in May 2017 after coaching stints at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast.

Wake Forest released a statement Thursday night saying, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information". Police say Jones drove away from the scene, and Szabo was transported to a hospital, where he died Tuesday from his injuries.

An eyewitness said Szabo was banging on cars and slammed down on Jones' vehicle before the confrontation, the official said. He's due back in court October 2.

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Jones, lawyer, Alain Massena, told the AP that the death was "a tragic accident, and Mr. Jones and his family send their deepest condolences and their thoughts and prayers to the Szabo family".

Jones is an assistant coach at Wake Forest, the Queens District Attorney's Office confirmed.

[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.

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

It was not immediately clear why Jones, of Kernersville, North Carolina, and Szabo were in Queens, or whether the two men knew each other before the fight.

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