College hoops coach threw punch killing NYC tourist, police say

WINSTON-SALEM NC- FEBRUARY 24 Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones during the Wake Forest Demon Deacons game versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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

Jones was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, according to the police report.

Early Sunday morning in Queens, Sandor Szabo, 35, of Boca Raton, Florida, banged on the window of Jones' vehicle because he thought Jones was his Uber driver, authorities said. Szabo never regained consciousness and was taken off life support Tuesday.

Jones punched the victim after he knocked on the window of Jones' vehicle.

After he punched Szabo, police say Jones got into an SUV and drove away leaving the man on the pavement. He was ordered to return to court on October 2.

According to CBS News New York, the blow was so hard, Szabo fell backwards and hit his head on the concrete.

His lawyer, Alain Massena, described the incident as a "tragic accident".

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In a statement, Wake Forest said it would comment further once it gathers more information.

The investigation is ongoing, and charges against Jones could be upgraded, police said.

Jones coached at FGCU from 2013-2015.

Jones is entering his second year on Demon Deacons' coach Danny Manning's staff. The Philadelphia native graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2008.

Szabo, also 35, was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", said his company, at What If Media Group, based in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested.

Mr Szabo's family said he was in New York City to attend a wedding.

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

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