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


The 68-year-old driver got out of his Lincoln town vehicle on 11th Avenue at West 20th Street just before midnight and got into a fight with the unknown pedestrian, who struck him in the head with a hockey stick, police said.

According to police, Kosugi hit the 68-year-old Tolk's 2010 Toyota Camry with his hockey stick after the vehicle almost struck him while he was in the crosswalk.

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.

Kosugi fled, and Tolk got back in his Camry and drove 10 blocks sound on the West Side Highway before he crashed into a median around midnight, police said.

Tolk got out to confront Kosugi, police said, at which point Kosugi struck him, knocking him to the ground. Kosugi continued striking Tolk after the driver fell to the ground, The New York Times reported. A man who saw the altercation followed Tolk until he crashed and called 911.

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. "We don't know the reason for his death was but we believe it's associated with the blow to his head", Mateo said.

Uber said he was off-duty at the time of the attack.

There is not motive yet known for the attack, and Tolk did not have any passengers in his auto at the time of the incident. Though his main address was in West New York, Tolk resided in Brooklyn, Andrew said. The New York City Medical Examiner's office will determine the cause of his death. According to his LinkedIn, he claims to be a doctor, but is not licensed to practice medicine in NY, according to the Daily Mail. "The attacker is a coward and should be in jail - beating an elderly man with a hockey stick is unforgivable".