Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Reports say Wake Forest assistant basketball coach arrested following fatal altercation

Reports say Wake Forest assistant basketball coach arrested following fatal altercation

- The New York City Police Department on Thursday arrested a college basketball coach in connection with an assault in Queens early Sunday morning that ended in a Florida man's death.

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

Sandor Szabo, 35, died on Tuesday after being taken off life support, his family told the New York Daily News.

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

The driver then fled and remains at large, police said.

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Wake Forest basketball spokesman Steve Kirkland emailed a statement to The News & Observer Thursday night that said, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information". Szabo later died in the hospital after Jones' punch caused him to hit his head on the pavement.

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

His lawyer, Alain Massena, described the incident as a "tragic accident". "We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter". The investigation is ongoing.

Jones joined the Demon Deacons staff last May after previous jobs at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast. Jones started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Team Takeover AAU program after graduating from Arkansas Tech in 2008. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton, Florida, for a wedding. "Sandor was super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his company, What If Media, said in a Facebook post Wednesday. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested.

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