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


A New Jersey cab driver fatally crashed his vehicle Saturday night in New York City after a pedestrian struck him in the head with a hockey stick, police said. At about 11:40 p.m. Saturday, police say the 68-year-old Randolph Tolk was involved in an altercation with Kosugi at 20th Street and 11th Avenue in Chelsea.

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

Police say Tolk was stopped at this cross walk when Kosugi, crossing the street, banged on his auto with a hockey stick and struck him when he got out.

After officers and emergency service responders arrived at the scene, the driver was transported to Lenox Health Greenwich Village, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Kosugi was arrested Sunday morning and charged with manslaughter, NY police said.

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"If he wouldn't have gotten hit, he wouldn't have died", Mateo said during a press conference posted online by ABC7.

The Medical Examiner would determine whether the beating or the crash killed the driver. Information on Kosugi's lawyer wasn't immediately available.

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.

Tolk was born in Brooklyn and previously worked in the garment industry, inspecting women's sweaters before they were shipped to retailers like Walmart and Target, his son told the New York Times.