iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University in North Carolina was in court Thursday after turning himself in for allegedly punching a tourist who later died.
Jamill Jones, 35, was arraigned in New York on third-degree assault charges, court records show.
Early Sunday morning in Queens, Sandor Szabo, 35, of Boca Raton, Florida, banged on the window of Jones’ vehicle because he thought Jones was his Uber driver, authorities said.
Jones emerged from his SUV and punched Szabo, who fell to the ground, hit his head and later died at a local hospital, according to police and court documents.
Detectives told ABC New York station WABC-TV that Szabo had just left a family wedding, possibly while intoxicated, and was walking around banging on cars until he then pounded on Jones’ SUV.
The Wake Forest Athletic Department released a statement that said: “We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information. We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter.”
Jones was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court Oct. 2.
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