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Officials Confirm Tourists Death Due To Blunt Impact After Punch

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The death of a Florida man who police say was punched in the face while visiting New York City for a wedding was ruled a homicide caused by blunt impact to his head, the citys medical examiners office said Friday.

Sandor Szabo died on Tuesday. Police said Szabo fell and hit his head on the sidewalk after he was punched in the face Sunday on 29th Street near 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.

A college basketball coach from North Carolina has been charged in connection with the attack.

Jamill Jones, an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday night on a misdemeanor assault charge and was released on his own recognizance.

Relatives say Szabo tapped on the window of Jones SUV while searching for his Uber after leaving a family wedding around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators say Jones got out and punched Szabo, who fell to the ground and hit his head. Szabo died at the hospital after two days on life support.

Jones, 35, of Kernersville, North Carolina, turned himself in to police Thursday morning.

“We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Szabo family for the loss of their son,
Sabor Szabo,” his family said in a statement. “It is our sincere hope that this matter not be tried in the court of public opinion. The Jones family stands by Jamill, and his legal right to be presumed innocent in what is, ultimately, a tragic incident.”

Wake Forest said Jones has been placed on leave.

The family of Szabo, a marketing professional from Boca Raton, said “he will be missed but there is comfort knowing he will live on in the many lives he will save through organ donation.”

Jones is due back in court on Oct. 2.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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