Wake Forest University basketball coach charged in death of NYC tourist

Wake Forest Assistant Basketball Coach Jamill Jones Charged With Assaulting Man Who Later Died

A Wake Forest University assistant basketball coach has been charged in the death of a Florida man killed while visiting New York City for a wedding.

A rising star in college basketball's coaching ranks who NY police say threw a punch that led to the death of a tourist who apparently mistook him for an Uber driver, has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge.

"The Jones family sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the Szabo family".

CNN was attempting to reach an attorney for Jones on Thursday night.

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The Daily News and WPIX quoted police officials as saying that Jones punched 35-year-old Sandor Szabo, a Florida resident, in the head during an altercation in the Queens area of Long Island City last Sunday. They say the punch caused Szabo to fall and hit his head on a sidewalk. The victim thought the vehicle was his Uber ride.

A person familiar with the investigation said Szabo may have been drunkenly knocking on vehicle windows before Jones allegedly confronted him. He was placed on life support and later died. He will be missed but there is comfort knowing he will live on in the many lives he will save through organ donation with "Live On NY".

"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", Wake Forrest said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. "We won't be making any further comments".

Jones is set to begin his second season on Danny Manning's Wake Forest staff after joining in the spring of 2017. Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News. 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.

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