Uber driver crashes, dies after being hit in head with hockey stick
NEW YORK — A New Jersey Uber driver died after being hit in the head with a hockey stick by a pedestrian.
The NYPD said Randolph Tolk of West New York, was stopped at a Manhattan intersection.
Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers told CBS New York that Tolk got out of his Toyota Camry after the man hit it with the hockey stick. While the 68-year-old was checking the damage the man hit him in the head, according to Mateo.
Tolk got back in the car and drove for several blocks before crashing the car onto a median.
Kohji Kosugi, of Manhattan was charged with manslaughter on Sunday. The NYPD did not provide a motive for his action.
“Our thoughts are with the driver’s family during this difficult time," Uber spokesman Craig Ewer said. Tolk was a licensed New York cab driver and had driven for Uber for a few years. Uber records showed he was logged off the Uber app at the time of the incident and not on a job.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.