Former VCU basketball assistant charged in NY death

Arnold Nichols
August 11, 2018

Florida resident Sandor Szabo was in Long Island City for his stepsister's wedding at the time.

After banging on multiple cars in front of 41-10 29th St., a nearby person heard the commotion and went to confront Szabo, sources said.

Wake Forest University assistant coach Jamill Jones, 35, of Kernersville, N.C., was charged with assault after turning himself in to police, officials said.

Sandor Szabo, 35, died on Tuesday after being taken off life support, his family told the New York Daily News.

Sandor Szabo died after he tapped on a vehicle window, mistaking it for his Uber ride, and was allegedly punched by the driver before hitting his head on the pavement in NY. He's said to be "a rising college basketball coaching star" at Wake Forest University. The SUV's driver stepped out and, "following a confrontation", punched Szabo, who fell back and hit his head on the concrete sidewalk, according to police.

A third-degree assault charge is common for those involved in bar fights under NY law.

The New York Daily News reported that Jones faces misdemeanor assault charges. The district attorney's office would not comment on whether there would be additional charges.

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".

"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", a Wake Forest spokesman said Thursday evening in a statement to the Raleigh News & Observer. He has also coached at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post read. "We are going to miss him dearly".

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