2018-08-15 / Front Page

Coach Punch Death Ruled A Homicide

By Liz Goff
The city Medical Examiner’s Office ruled on August 10th that the death of a Florida tourist is a homicide, saying Sabor Szabo died from a blunt impact injury to his head and a brain injury.

Jamill Jones, 35, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly striking Szabo in the head on August 5th, after Szabo banged on the window of a parked SUV on 29th Street and 41st Avenue in Long Island City, authorities said.

Cops said Szabo was returning to his Long Island City hotel after his stepsister’s wedding when he mistook the SUV for an Uber he had called and likely banged on the window to get the driver’s attention, court papers say.

The Boca Raton resident banged on a number of cars in front of 40-10 29th Street at about 1:15 a.m., drawing the ire of local residents, including Jones, according to court papers.

Jones went to the street to confront Szabo, who then punched Jones in the face, the court papers say. Jones then punched Szabo, who fell backward, slamming his head on the pavement.

Szabo, who never regained consciousness, was taken to a local hospital with fractures to the left side of his face and bleeding on his brain, according to a criminal complaint.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office did not say if Jones, an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, would be charged with murder, and that the matter remains under investigation.


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