Wake Forest assistant coach pleads not guilty for punch that killed tourist

WINSTON-SALEM NC- FEBRUARY 24 Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones during the Wake Forest Demon Deacons game versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

WINSTON-SALEM NC- FEBRUARY 24 Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones during the Wake Forest Demon Deacons game versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Jamill Jones of Kernersville was charged Thursday morning with misdemeanor assault, NBC New York reported.

The driver fled the scene and Szabo - unconscious - was rushed to the hospital in critical condition early Sunday, officials said.

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. The coach then got out of his vehicle and allegedly punched the man, after which Jones fled the scene.

Jones is an assistant coach at Wake Forest, the Queens District Attorney's Office confirmed.

Jones, 35, of Kernerville, North Carolina, was arrested Thursday. He was ordered to return to court on October 2.

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The family said Szabo was waiting on a ride to take him to the hotel and was knocking on vehicle windows.

Szabo's cause of death has not been released, but on Friday it was deemed a homicide, according to police.

The man fell to the pavement and hit his head. He began moving through the college ranks in 2013 at Florida Gulf Coast, before stints at VCU and Central Florida. Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News. The Philadelphia native is a 2008 graduate of Arkansas Tech.

Szabo, also 35, was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", said his company, at What If Media Group, based in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Wake Forest University tweeted a statement Thursday, saying, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information". He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested.

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