Uber driver dies after being struck in the head with hockey stick

13 November, 2017, 15:48 | Author: Valerie Burke
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New York City police say a livery cab driver has died after an angry pedestrian struck him in the head with a hockey stick and the driver crashed the vehicle. About 14 hours later, police arrested Kohji Kosugi, 39, of Manhattan, on a manslaughter charge in the attack.

The altercation then got physical, police said, as the pedestrian crossed to the driver's side of the vehicle, hit Tolk in the head with the hockey stick, and continued hitting him after he fell.

At about 11:40 p.m. Saturday, police say 68-year-old Randolph Tolk was involved in an altercation with Kosugi at 20th Street and 11th Avenue in Chelsea. Tolk got into his auto, went about a half-mile and then crashed into the center divider at West Street and Horatio Street. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kosugi was standing outside of Chelsea Piers in the crosswalk holding a hockey stick. "If he wouldn't have gotten hit, he wouldn't have died". We don't know the cause of death but we are sure it is related to the blow that knocked him to the ground.

CBS New York spoke briefly to Tolk's brother - who did not want to go on camera, but said Tolk was a wonderful brother, father, and grandfather. "The city of NY needs to focus a little more attention on taking care of our industry".

Kosugi ran away from the scene, police said. It is unclear whether the driver died from the assault, the collision, or from a medical condition.

Police did not give a motive for the attack.

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