Wake Forest Basketball Coach Charged For Fatally Punching Tourist In Queens

A Florida tourist died in NY after he was punched by a man he probably thought was an Uber driver, his family said.

Jones is accused of punching 35 year old Sandor Szabo, who then fell back and struck his head on the pavement, according to NBC New York.

Jones turned himself in on Thursday morning while accompanied by his lawyer after fleeing the scene on Sunday.

A witness told Associated Press Mr Szabo may have been intoxicated and knocked on a number of vehicle windows before Jones allegedly hit him. The victim thought the auto was his Uber ride.

"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 was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea. They say the punch caused Szabo to fall and hit his head on a sidewalk.

The incident is said to have taken place at 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning (Aug. 7).

"This was a tragic accident, and Mr. Jones and his family send their deepest condolences and their thoughts and prayers to the Szabo family", Massena said.

[Sandor's] family and friends are overwhelmed, but not surprised, by the outpouring of love and support from the many people whose lives he touched; he did not know a stranger.

The Queens DA's Office didn't immediately comment on whether it will charge Jones, an assistant to head coach Danny Manning, with murder. We're going to say one thing and that's all. He began moving through the college ranks in 2013 at Florida Gulf Coast, before stints at VCU and Central Florida.

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

  • Stacy Allen