WF coach charged with assault in connection to death

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Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamil Jones surrendered to police on Thursday (Aug. 9), charged with an assault in New York City that resulted in the death of a tourist, according to authorities.

Jamill Jones turned himself into police, and pleaded not guilty to the charge. Police confirmed to the AP that Szabo, who was visiting the city from Boca Raton, Florida, banged on the window of Jones's SUV while looking for his Uber ride after his stepsister's wedding.

Jones has been charged after he reportedly punched a man Sunday on a Long Island City street.

Jones, of Kernerville, North Carolina, slugged Szabo, 35, in the head for drunkenly banging on his auto in Long Island City. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 2. He said Jones is cooperating with the police investigation.

Szabo lost consciousness when his head hit the pavement, and he was brought to an area hospital in critical condition.

A lawyer for Jones told the Associated Press that the death was "a tragic accident, and Mr. Jones and his family send their deepest condolences and their thoughts and prayers to the Szabo family". He began moving through the college ranks in 2013 at Florida Gulf Coast, before stints at VCU and Central Florida. His family says he was in NY for a wedding. We're going to say one thing and that's all.

"Sandor was a super outgoing, friendly, and incredibly smart businessman", his employer said.

"He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested", the company said.

The Wake Forest Athletic Department released a statement that said: "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information".

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