Man charged with manslaughter in hockey stick beating death of Uber driver

Driver dies after getting smacked in the head with a hockey stick, police say

A 68-year-old Uber driver died in an accident shortly after a pedestrian beat him over the head with a hockey stick in New York's Chelsea district on Saturday, Nov. 11, according to reports.

The suspect became enraged after driver Richard Tolk overshot the crosswalk near the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex around midnight on Saturday, NBC reported.

They have identified the driver as 68-year-old Randolph Tolk. They say he was stopped at a red light when Kosugi hit his vehicle with the hockey stick.

Tolk got out to confront Kosugi, police said, at which point Kosugi struck him, knocking him to the ground. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Kosugi allegedly stepped on Tolk's chest before fleeing on foot.

Investigators are working to determine if the blow to the head from the hockey stick or the crash killed Tolk, the news station reports. "If he wouldn't have gotten hit, he wouldn't have died". There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, police said. "We don't know the reason for his death was but we believe it's associated with the blow to his head", Mateo said.

"The attacker is a coward and should be in jail - beating an elderly man with a hockey stick is unforgivable", Jose Viloria, a spokesman for the federation, told NBC New York.

Kosugi claims on LinkedIn to be a doctor, but is not licensed to practice medicine in the state of NY. 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. The cause of death is expected to be announced following an assessment by the New York City Medical Examiner's office.

He was charged with manslaughter in the incident.

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