A New York City Uber driver is dead after an angry pedesrtrian hit him in the head with a hockey stick when he was stopped at a red light.
CBS News reports that Randolph Tolk of New Jersey was killed on Saturday night after he drove into a median near Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. Prior to the accident, Tolk, 68, had been stopped at a red light when he was accosted by the suspect, who has been identified as Kohji Kosugi of Manhattan.
Kosugi allegedly hit Tolk’s car while it was stopped, and the driver got out of the car to confront the suspect. Police reportedly believe the Kosugi hit Tolk in the head before the driver got back into his car. He drove a short distance before hitting the median in the fatal single-car accident.
“It’s very sad to see a driver at that age working that late at night and being assaulted by a young man,” Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers told CBS News. “If he wouldn’t have gotten hit, he wouldn’t have died. So we don’t know the reason for his death was, but we believe it’s associated with the blow he took to the head.”
Police are reportedly investigating the role the hockey stick blow played in Tolk’s death. A medical examiner is performing an autopsy.
Authorities were able to identify the suspect and apprehend him after he was seen on surveillance footage.
There is not motive yet known for the attack, and Tolk did not have any passengers in his car at the time of the incident.
[Feature image: CBS News screenshot]