Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Former VCU basketball assistant charged in NY death

Former VCU basketball assistant charged in NY death

An assistant coach for the Wake Forest men's basketball team has been charged with assault after police say he punched a man in New York City.

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.

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

Szabo, who was in town for a wedding, had knocked on a window of an SUV he apparently thought was his Uber ride, his family said. Dominic also told the paper that his brother probably thought the auto was an Uber.

The parents of a Florida man who died after he was punched by an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University said Friday they don't accept the coach's condolences.

The Wake Forest Athletic Department released a statement that said: "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information".

Szabo died of his injuries Tuesday.

Police say that Sandor Szabo, 35, was involved in the altercation around 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning near 41-10 29th Street in Queens. The blow was so hard, Szabo fell backwards, hitting his head on the concrete. Massena said the encounter between Jones and Szabo was "a tragic accident and we will deal with it in the courts".

Wake Forest has not responded to the Daily News' request for comment.

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

A medical examiner's report will determine whether or not the punch was responsible for Szabo's death. "He was a really good person".

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