What started out as a good deed, ended in a 70-year-old man dying from blunt force trauma over a parking space accident. 

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Robert Sabio had backed into a vehicle as he was leaving a parking space on the 1300 block of Springfield Avenue in Irvington just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

The incident, while not causing major damage to the other vehicle, triggered a dispute with the people in the other car and then an assault, officials said.

Sabio was taken to University Hospital in Newark where he was treated for his injuries, said acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray in a statement released Monday.

He died Friday from blunt-force trauma, she said.

According to his family, Sabio had driven an acquaintance to Irvington as a favor after he watched one of his grandson’s Little League baseball games in Clark about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

It was a characteristic helping gesture, said his wife of 43 years, Linda Sabio.

Unable to work for the last ten years because of a medical condition, he would spend his time helping the elderly parents of his friends and others, taking them grocery shopping, and to appointments with doctors and beauty parlors, she said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide and Major Crimes task force at 1-877-847-7432.

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