Wake Forest assistant coach charged for punching tourist who later died

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

Jamill Jones, 35, was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly pummeling Boca Raton resident Sabor Szabo in the head early Sunday morning.

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

Szabo apparently mistook the vehicle for an Uber that he had called.

As an assistant coach at Wake Forest, Jones joined the staff in May 2017.

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Szabo later died from his injuries, according to the New York Post's David K. Li. The head of the victim, Sandor Szabo, "hit the pavement when he fell back and he lost consciousness", NY police said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.

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After he punched Szabo, police say Jones got into an SUV and drove away leaving the man on the pavement. His attorney calls the encounter a "tragic accident".

Head coach Danny Manning said at the time that Jones was a "well-respected bright mind" in the coaching world and brought "new blood" and "new perspectives" to Wake Forest.

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

Jones' attorney, Alain Massena, told CNN on Thursday night that Jones learned through social media on Tuesday that Szabo had been injured and police were seeking a suspect. "We are going to miss him dearly".

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post continued.

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