ACC Basketball Coach Reportedly Involved In Death Of New York Tourist

Posted August 11, 2018

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.

A college basketball coach threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who mistook him for an Uber driver, police said Thursday. According to multiple reports, Szabo knocked on multiple auto windows while looking for an Uber. The man, Sabor Szabo, allegedly was drunk and banging on cars outside the hotel where his brother was staying as he was looking for a ride he had called early Sunday morning.

USA Today reported Jones turned himself in Thursday.

The parents of a Florida man who died after he was punched by an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University said Friday they don't accept the coach's condolences.

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

Szabo fell back, hit his head on the pavement and lost consciousness, according to police.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and could upgrade the charges in part depending on what the medical examiner finds.

A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly knocking on vehicle windows before Jones allegedly confronted him. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 2.

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"The court made the proper ruling with the charges, and the district attorney's office made the proper ruling with the charges", Jones' lawyer, Alain Massena, said.

In a statement, Wake Forest said it would comment further once it gathers more information.

Jones, a Philadelphia native, previously coached at Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast.

Mr Szabo's family said he was in New York City to attend a wedding. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested.

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