Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
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Wake Forest coach sends condolences to dead tourist's family

Wake Forest coach sends condolences to dead tourist's family

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has been charged with assaulting a tourist who later died in the hospital, according to a report from the New York Post. He turned himself into authorities on Thursday.

Police said 35-year-old Sandor Szabo was punched in the face Sunday on 29th Street near 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.

Szabo, of Boca Raton, was hospitalized in critical condition and died two days later, according to his employer in Florida.

Jones allegedly punched Sabor Szabo in the face at 1:15 a.m. ET on Sunday morning after a confrontation.

After he punched Szabo, police say Jones got into an SUV and drove away leaving the man on the pavement.

Wake Forest University said Thursday night that they had just learned of Jones' arrest and would release a statement at a later time. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding. He was released on his own recognizance and will return to court on October 2. His attorney calls the encounter a "tragic accident".

In a statement, Wake Forest said the school would comment further once it gathered more information.

Jones spent one season with the Knights and now is an assistant coach at Wake Forest.

Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Jones coached at Central Florida, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the company said in a Facebook post.

Szabo, who lived in Boca Raton with his brother, always had a bright smile and shared a love of fishing, cooking and family, the company said.

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

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