Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

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.

Police have identified the driver as 68-year-old Randolph Tolk.

Tolk got out of his auto, words were exchanged and investigators say Kosugi used his stick to hit Tolk across the head, CBS2's Janelle Burrell reported.

Investigators believe it happened after an argument outside Chelsea Piers late Saturday night. Kohji Kosugi, 39, was charged on Sunday evening.

According to the police, Tolk got out of his Toyota Camry on the West Side Highway at West 20th Street late Saturday after a pedestrian hit the passenger side of the auto with a hockey stick.

Tolk returned to his vehicle, drove for several blocks and struck a median. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital.


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", Mateo said during a press conference posted online by ABC7. The family lost their home in West New York, New Jersey, in 2010, and Tolk stayed behind while his wife moved west to be closer to their sons, Andrew and Prescott, Andrew Tolk said.

It's unclear whether Tolk died from injuries sustained in the crash or in the hockey stick attack.

Kosugi ran away from the scene, police said.

'The attacker is a coward and should be in jail, beating and elderly man with a hockey stick is unforgivable, ' NY Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesperson Fernando Mateo told Pix11.

Police did not give a motive for the attack.

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