Former VCU assistant coach Jamill Jones, now a Wake Forest assistant coach, turned himself in on Thursday afternoon and has been arrested and charged with third-degree assault in the incidental death of a 35 year old tourist in New York City.
The tourist, a Florida man visiting NYC for a wedding, approached Jones’ vehicle around 1:15 am Sunday morning, mistaking him for an Uber driver. According to police, a confrontation occurred after the victim, Sandor Szabo knocked on Jones’ car window. Jones then exited his vehicle, punched Szabo, who subsequently lost consciousness when his head hit the pavement. Szabo would never regain consciousness, and was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon.
A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly knocking on car windows before Jones allegedly confronted him. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to speak publicly.
Jones, 35, turned himself in to police on Thursday. He was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge and released after entering his plea.
Jones served as a men’s basketball assistant under Will Wade for the 2015-2016 season, where VCU landed an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. VCU would eventually defeat Oregon in the round of 64, before losing to Oklahoma in the next game.
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.
“He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring,” the company said in a Facebook post. “He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested. He was a really good person.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.