College coach arrested in punching death in Queens

A Wake Forest assistant basketball coach turned himself into the New York City police Thursday to face an assault charge in connection with an altercation that resulted in the death of a Florida man, according to New York media reports.

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.

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

A witness told Associated Press Mr Szabo may have been intoxicated and knocked on a number of auto windows before Jones allegedly hit him. According to reports, he had left his brother's hotel room, possibly in a state of intoxication, and was banging on cars in search of an Uber ride he had ordered.

Szabo, also 35, was taken off life support on Tuesday. Szabo fell, hit his head on the pavement and lost consciousness. Massena said the encounter between Jones and Szabo was "a tragic accident and we will deal with it in the courts". He was released on his own recognizance and will return to court on October 2.

The assistant coach allegedly punched Sabor Szabo in the face at 1:15 a.m. ET on Sunday morning after a confrontation. "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

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 always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post continued.

It was not immediately clear why Jones, of Kernersville, North Carolina, and Szabo were in Queens, or whether the two men knew each other before the fight.

Vanessa Coleman

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