Wake Forest coach sends condolences to dead tourist's family

Lynette Rowe
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.

Jamill Jones, 35, was arraigned in NY on third-degree assault charges, court records show.

Jones, who is an assistant basketball coach, is accused of punching Sandor Szabo, 35, outside a hotel in Long Island City last weekend, causing Szabo to fall, hit his head on the pavement and lose consciousness, NBC New York reported. Szabo was on life support through Monday but died Tuesday.

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

Police say the coach got out, followed Szabo to the sidewalk, clocked him and sped off.

Wake Forest released a statement. The blow was so hard, Szabo fell backwards, hitting his head on the concrete. One of its assistants has reportedly been charged in an attack on a NY tourist who later died.

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Jones was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court October 2.

"The court made the proper ruling with the charges, and the District Attorney's office made the proper ruling with the charges", the lawyer, Alain Massena, said. The investigation is ongoing.

Jones, a Philadelphia native, previously coached at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast.

Wake Forest has not responded to the Daily News' request for comment.

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

Szabo, a 35-year-old man from Boca Raton, Fla., was in town for a wedding. "He was a really good person". "We are going to miss him dearly".

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