A 39-year-old man allegedly beat an elderly Uber driver with a hockey stick in New York City on Saturday, resulting in the driver’s death.
According to PIX11, Kohji Kosugi walked up to 68-year-old Randolph Tolk’s car and engaged in an argument with him through Tolk’s passenger side window. Then, Kosugi allegedly hit the car with a hockey stick. Tolk got out of his car, a fight ensued and Kosugi allegedly hit Tolk with the hockey stick in the head until he fell to the ground, according to the New York Times. Then, Kosugi allegedly stepped on Tolk’s chest before walking away. After the assault, Tolk got into his car and started driving away. Ten blocks later, he crashed his car into a divider. A witness who watched the assault followed Tolk until he crashed. He dialed 911. Tolk, a grandfather, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
“The attacker is a coward and should be in jail, beating an elderly man with a hockey stick is unforgivable,” New York Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesperson Fernando Mateo said. “We don’t know the cause of death but we are sure it is related to the blow that knocked him to the ground. We always advise our drivers not to get out of their vehicles and avoid confrontations with anyone but we don’t know what lead to this tragedy.”
Kosugi has been charged with manslaughter and is expected to face a judge this week. It is unclear at this time if he has a lawyer. According to his LinkedIn, he claims to be a doctor, but is not licensed to practice medicine in New York, according to the Daily Mail. The medical examiner has yet to release the official cause of death.
Tolk’s son Andrew, 31, told the New York Times he was numb.
“I just can’t understand how a person my age whacks a 68-year-old man with a hockey stick continuously.”
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