Livery Driver Attacked With Hockey Stick, Crashes, Dies


New York City police say a livery cab driver has died after an angry pedestrian struck him in the head with a hockey stick and the driver crashed the vehicle.

Police have identified the driver as 68-year-old Randolph Tolk.

The suspect, Kohji Kosugi, 39, is charged with manslaughter.

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Tolk's son Andrew, 31, said his family was "stunned" by the death of its patriarch, who had talked of moving to Las Vegas to be closer to his wife, Barbara, their two sons and three grandchildren.

Investigators believe it happened after an argument outside Chelsea Piers late Saturday night.

Tolk got out of his auto and confronted Kosugi, who then knocked the grandfather of three down with the hockey stick and continued to strike him while he was down, according to police.

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The driver continued in his vehicle until he crashed into a center divider on West Street at the intersection with Horatio Street in the West Village, police said.

A witness to the attack also saw the crash and immediately called 911. He was pronounced dead at Northwell Health Lenox Hill Healthplex.

An Uber driver has died after being attacked by a pedestrian with a hockey stick, police say. They were able to obtain his name and address from the venue, which has an ice hockey rink.

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CBS New York spoke briefly to Tolk's brother - who did not want to go on camera, but said Tolk was a wonderful brother, father, and grandfather.