A rising college basketball coaching star accused of throwing a punch that killed a fresh York City tourist who had apparently mistaken him for an Uber driver pleaded not liable on Thursday to an assault charge.
Wake Forest University assistant coach Jamill Jones attacked digital marketing guru Sandor Szabo around 01:15 last Sunday in Queens, causing him to fall and smash his at once the sidewalk, police said.
Szabo, visiting from Boca Raton, Florida, banged on the window of Jones’ SUV while searching for his ride after his stepsister’s wedding, police said.
A person acquainted with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo might have been drunkenly knocking on car windows before Jones allegedly confronted him. The individual spoke on the health of anonymity as the person had not been permitted to speak publicly.
The coach out got, followed Szabo to the sidewalk, clocked him and off sped, police said. On Tuesday szabo never regained consciousness and was removed life support.
Jones, 35, of Kernersville, NEW YORK, on Thursday turned himself directly into police, along with a lawyer. He was arraigned on Thursday night on a misdemeanour assault charge and released by himself recognisance after entering his plea. The coach’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 2, the Queens District Attorney’s office said.
Jones was along with his family following the court session, his attorney, Alain Massena, told the AP.
“This is a tragic accident, and Mr Jones and his family send their deepest condolences and their prayers and thoughts to the Szabo family,” Massena said.
In a statement, Wake Forest said the institution would comment once it gathered more info further.
Jones, a Philadelphia native, joined the Demon Deacons staff in-may 2017 after coaching at Central Florida, Virginia Florida and Commonwealth Gulf Coast and playing at Arkansas Tech and North Platte Community College in Nebraska.
Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning said at that time that Jones was a “well-respected bright mind” in the coaching world and brought “new blood” and “new perspectives” to Wake Forest.
Szabo, 35 also, was “super outgoing, friendly, and an smart businessman” incredibly, said his company, at IMAGINE IF Media Group, located in Fort Lee, NJ.
“He was always upbeat, positive, caring and kind, ” the ongoing company said in a Facebook post. “He was fun to be with, interesting, and interested always. He was an excellent person really.”
Szabo, who lived in Boca Raton along with his brother, had a bright smile and shared a love of fishing always, family and cooking, the ongoing company said.
“His beautiful spirit and his love of life will stay around,” the business said. “We will miss him dearly.”
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