Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

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

A livery cab driver died early Sunday after crashing his car in Greenwich Village A livery cab driver died early Sunday after crashing his car in Greenwich Village
Melinda Barton | 13 November, 2017, 15:26

The suspect, Kohji Kosugi, 39, is charged with manslaughter.

Kosugi was arrested at his home on East 10th Street in Greenwich Village after investigators used video to determine that he had been at Chelsea Piers before the attack.

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

Tolk was in his Uber auto stopped at a red light at that intersection of 11th Avenue and 20th Street when investigators say Kosugi took the hockey stick and began using it to hit the side of Tolk's vehicle.

The driver continued in his vehicle until he crashed into a center divider on West Street at the intersection with Horatio Street in the West Village, police said.

Kosugi was standing outside of Chelsea Piers in the crosswalk holding a hockey stick. 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. "If he wouldn't have gotten hit, he wouldn't have died".

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.

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.

Police did not give a motive for the attack.