College basketball coach threw punch killing NYC tourist

Tanya Simon
August 10, 2018

Former UCF assistant coach Jamil Jones was arrested and charged with assault after punching a man in New York City who later died.

Jones turned himself in for the assault on Thursday morning.

Police say a college basketball coach threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who knocked on his vehicle window thinking it was his Uber ride.

Szabo later died as a result of his injuries at a NY hospital. Jones, said to have been parked in an SUV that Szabo knocked on, got out and punched him, after which Szabo was taken to a hospital, only to die of his injuries on Tuesday.

Police said the suspect left the scene in a white SUV.

Wake Forest released a statement Thursday night saying, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information".

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Jamill Jones allegedly slugged Boca Raton marketing professional Sandor Szabo so hard on Sunday that he fell backward, hit his head on the concrete and lost consciousness. Jones was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to court on October 2. "We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter".

The New York Post cited law enforcement sources in reporting that a local resident confronted Szabo about the noise he was making, and that Szabo hit that person in the face.

His lawyer, Alain Massena, described the incident as a "tragic accident". The investigation is ongoing.

Jones joined the Wake Forest basketball program in May 2017, according to the team's website.

Jones, 35, is a Philadelphia native who played college basketball at Arkansas Tech.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post read. "We are going to miss him dearly".

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