Reports say Wake Forest assistant basketball coach arrested following fatal altercation

A homicide investigation is underway after a Wake Forest University basketball coach punched a Florida tourist, who later died, Thursday in NY, according to WPIX.

Jones allegedly punched the late tourist, identified as Sandor Szabo, early Sunday after he was being disruptive and banging on cars in Long Island City.

Jones turned himself into police Thursday afternoon and was arraigned Thursday night at Queens County Criminal Court.

Szabo apparently mistook the auto for an Uber that he had called.

Jones, a Philadelphia native, joined the Demon Deacons staff in May 2017 after coaching at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast and playing at Arkansas Tech and North Platte Community College in Nebraska.

He's said to be "a rising college basketball coaching star" at Wake Forest University. Police say Jones drove away from the scene, and Szabo was transported to a hospital, where on Tuesday he died from his injuries. Massena said the encounter between Jones and Szabo was "a tragic accident and we will deal with it in the courts".

Jones then slugged the 35-year-old Szabo in the head causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the pavement.

The NYPD had posted an image Monday taken from surveillance video showing a man they wanted to question in connection with the incident, which occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday. The assistant coach's next court appearance is scheduled for October 2, according to the Post. "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

Szabo was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his digital marketing company, What If Media Group, wrote in a Facebook post. We're going to say one thing and that's all. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested. He was placed on life support and later died. He was kind, giving, loving and enjoyed life to the fullest.

Vanessa Coleman

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