Former FGCU coach charged for deadly assault in NYC

Wake Forest basketball coach charged in deadly Queens attack on tourist

Wake Forest basketball coach charged in deadly Queens attack on tourist

A rising star in college basketball's coaching ranks threw a punch that led to the death of a New York City tourist who apparently mistook him for an Uber driver, police said on Thursday.

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

Jones has been charged after he reportedly punched a man Sunday on a Long Island City street. Jones, said to have been parked in an SUV that Szabo knocked on, got out and punched him, after which Szabo was taken to a hospital, only to die of his injuries on Tuesday.

Wake Forest University tweeted a statement Thursday, saying, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information". He was ordered to return to court on October 2. The coach's next court appearance is scheduled for October 2, the Queens District Attorney's office said. His attorney calls the encounter a "tragic accident".

Wake Forest had no immediate comment, the AP reported. "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

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Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones, second from left, is shown with the team and head coach Danny Manning during a game in November.

Wake Forest is coached by former National Basketball Association star Danny Manning. "Sandor was super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his company, What If Media, said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post continued. "He was a really good person".

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

"We're going to say one thing and that's all".

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