College basketball coach threw punch killing NYC tourist

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2018

A Wake Forest assistant basketball coach has been charged with assault after a deadly attack on a Florida tourist in New York City, the New York Post reported Thursday.

According to police, Jones allegedly punched Sandor Szabo in the face following a confrontation in the early morning hours Sunday that began when Szabo knocked on Jones' auto window thinking it was his Uber ride. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding. The incident came after Szabo punched a resident who came outside amid the ruckus, according to The Post, which led Jones to act. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to speak publicly.

Szabo, who was left unconscious after the altercation, died on Tuesday. He turned himself into authorities on Thursday. He is awaiting arraignment on a misdemeanor assault charge.

"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", a Wake Forest spokesman said Thursday evening in a statement to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Jones joined the Demon Deacons staff last May after previous jobs at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast.

Head coach Danny Manning said at the time that Jones was a "well-respected bright mind" in the coaching world and brought "new blood" and "new perspectives" to Wake Forest. "He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested".

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

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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