Former FGCU coach charged for deadly assault in NYC

Former FGCU coach charged for deadly assault in NYC

A Wake Forest assistant basketball coach has been charged with assault after a deadly attack on a Florida tourist in New York City, the New York Post reported Thursday. He turned himself into police and was charged with assault.

Jones is accused of punching 35-year-old, Sandor Szabo, who is from Florida, and was in NY for a wedding in Long Island. Police say Jones drove away from the scene, and Szabo was transported to a hospital, where on Tuesday he died from his injuries.

Security camera video shows Jones then leaving the area in a white SUV, police 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". He was released on his own recognizance and will return to court on October 2.

Szabo, who lived in Boca Raton with his brother, always had a bright smile and shared a love of fishing, cooking and family, the company said. His attorney calls the encounter a "tragic accident". "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

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Jones, an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University, punched Szabo in the face, police said.

Wake Forest had no immediate comment, the AP reported.

According to Jones's bio at Wake Forest's sports website, he is a Philadelphia native who attended Arkansas Tech and began his basketball coaching career in Washington, D.C., with an AAU squad named Team Takeover.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post continued.

"His lovely spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said. "We are going to miss him dearly".

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