Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Former FGCU coach charged for deadly assault in NYC

Former FGCU coach charged for deadly assault in NYC

Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones, second from left, Police say Jones threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who knocked on his vehicle window thinking it was his Uber ride. Jones was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Thursday evening, and he has been charged with third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury to another person.

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

A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly banging on auto windows before Jones allegedly confronted him.

Wake Forest basketball spokesman Steve Kirkland emailed a statement to The News & Observer Thursday night that said, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information".

According to the New York Post, the charges could be upgraded.

His lawyer could not immediately be reached.

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Jones coached at FGCU from 2013-2015.

Szabo later died as a result of his injuries at a NY hospital. His family said he was in town for his brother's wedding and trying to get a ride at the time of the incident.

Szabo, also 35, was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", said his company, at What If Media Group, based in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

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

His family said the marketing professional was leaving the hotel where his brother was staying and called for a auto to go back to his own hotel.

"His handsome spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said. "We are going to miss him dearly".

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