College hoops coach threw punch killing NYC tourist, police say

Wake Forest basketball coach charged in deadly Queens attack on tourist

Wake Forest basketball coach charged in deadly Queens attack on tourist

A college basketball coach who police say threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge. He turned himself into police and was charged with assault.

Early Sunday morning in Queens, Sandor Szabo, 35, of Boca Raton, Florida, banged on the window of Jones' vehicle because he thought Jones was his Uber driver, authorities said.

Szabo, also 35, was taken off life support Tuesday.

According to NBC New York, Szabo had knocked on Jones' auto window, mistaking the vehicle for his Uber ride. Jones fled the scene inside a white SUV, according to the police report.

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He now coaches at Wake Forest University.

The man fell to the pavement and hit his head.

The New York Post cited law enforcement sources in reporting that a local resident confronted Szabo about the noise he was making, and that Szabo hit that person in the face.

"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", Wake Forrest said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. The investigation is ongoing.

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Jones spent one season with the Knights and now is an assistant coach at Wake Forest. He was previously an assistant coach at UCF, VCU and Florida Golf Coast University.

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.

His employers described him on Facebook as "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman".

Mr Szabo's family said he was in New York City to attend a wedding.

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

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