Police have arrested a Wake Forest University assistant basketball coach following a deadly punch on the streets of New York.
The upcoming college basketball coaching star was accused of throwing a punch that killed a New York City tourist who had apparently mistaken the coach for an Uber driver.
Jones pleaded not guilty Thursday to an assault charge.
Jones attacked digital marketing guru Sandor Szabo around 1:15 a.m. last Sunday in Queens, police have reported. Szabo fell and fractured his head on the sidewalk.
Szabo, visiting from Boca Raton, Florida, pounded on the window of Jones’ SUV while looking for his ride after his stepsister’s wedding, police said. The coach exited, followed Szabo to the sidewalk, struck the tourist, and sped off, police said.
Szabo never regained consciousness and was taken off life support Tuesday. Josh Gillon, the CEO of the company where Szabo worked, told WABC-TV Szabo’s co-workers were shocked by his death.
Jones, 35, of Kernersville, North Carolina, turned himself in to police Thursday, accompanied by a lawyer. He was arraigned Thursday night on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea.
The coach’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 2md, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Jones was with his family after the court session, his attorney, Alain Massena, told The Associated Press.
“This was a tragic accident, and Mr. Jones and his family send their deepest condolences and their thoughts and prayers to the Szabo family,” Massena said. In a statement, Wake Forest said the school would comment further once it gathered more information.