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

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Photo:Randolph TolkAuthorities say the pair was involved in an altercation at 20th Street and 11th Avenue in Chelsea around 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

Kosugi allegedly hit Tolk's auto while it was stopped, and the driver got out of the vehicle to confront the suspect. Police were able to identify the suspect because of the hockey stick that was used in the attack, CBS reports.

"He fell on the ground".

Tolk, a father of two, got up and continued driving downtown before striking the center divider at West Street and Horatio Street.

It's unclear whether Tolk died from injuries sustained in the crash or in the hockey stick attack. "If he wouldn't have gotten hit, he wouldn't have died". "We don't know the cause of death but we are sure it is related to the blow that knocked him to the ground". Though his main address was in West New York, Tolk resided in Brooklyn, Andrew said.

The police have not revealed a motive, but a spokesperson said the pedestrian appeared to be upset after Tolk almost struck him in the crosswalk. "He would put everyone else before himself ..."

Tolk lived in West New York, New Jersey, and had a license with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, according to CW-affiliate WPIX.

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

As he was hauled out of the 10th Precinct in handcuffs, with a hooded jacket pulled low over his face, Kosugi did not respond to shouted questions from reporters. He did not say anything to reporters and it is not clear if he has hired an attorney.

A lawyer for an adult hockey player accused of killing an Uber driver with his stick during a traffic dispute said on Monday that his client did not cause the driver's death.

"This guy belongs in jail, he's a punk to say the least", Fernando Mateo, of the taxi drivers' union, told CBS New York.

Kosugi says on Linkedin that he is a medical doctor in the greater NY area, but a search of public records in NY state does not show that he is licensed to practice medicine there.

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