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

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

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

Randolph Tolk, 68, died early Sunday after the confrontation in New York's Chealsea neighborhood, where police say 39-year-old pedestrian Kohji Kosugi attacked him with a hockey stick.

CBS New York reports that investigators believe the attack followed a quarrel outside NYC's Chelsea Piers late Saturday night.

Police say that Kosugi approached Tolk's Toyota Camry on foot and began banging on his hood with a hockey stick.

It's not clear what led to the altercation, but witnesses said Kosugi began striking Tolk's vehicle with his hockey stick, and Tolk got out to confront him, according to CBS New York.

A livery driver was struck in the head with a hockey stick during a fight with a pedestrian in Chelsea, police said.

Defense lawyer David Jeffries argued in court that the alleged attack came only after Tolk got out of his auto, and that prosecutors would have a hard time connecting it to Tolk's death following the crash about half a mile away. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not made it clear whether Tolk was killed by the blow to the head, or whether it disoriented him and he died in the crash. "I just can't understand how a person my age whacks a 68-year-old man with a hockey stick continuously". Though his main address was in West New York, Tolk resided in Brooklyn, Andrew said. The cause of death is expected to be announced following an assessment by the New York City Medical Examiner's office.

"This guy belongs in jail, he's a punk to say the least", Fernando Mateo, of the taxi drivers' union, told CBS New York. According to his LinkedIn, he claims to be a doctor, but is not licensed to practice medicine in NY, according to the Daily Mail.

He was charged with manslaughter in the incident.