Livery cab driver hit with hockey stick before death

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

Taxi driver was hit over the head with a hockey stick before fatal crash: cops

NY police say an Uber driver is dead after he was struck in the head with a hockey stick and then crashed his auto.

It happened when the driver, Randolph Tolk, got into an argument with 39-year-old Kohji Kosugi at 11st Avenue and West 20th Street just before midnight Saturday in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, according to WPIX.

Authorities said Tolk got into a fight with a pedestrian in his 30s, and Tolk was hit in the head with the hockey stick. Police said Kosugi approached Tolk's Toyota Camry and banged on the hood with his hockey stick.

After Tolk was hit in the head, he got back in his vehicle and drove 10 blocks down the West Side Highway before crashing into a median at Horatio Street.

The driver continued south on 11th Ave. and entered the West Side Highway, where he slammed into the center divider several blocks away near the corner of Horatio the West Village. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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An autopsy will determine if Tolk died from injuries suffered in the beating or the crash.

Kosugi fled the scene on foot into Chelsea, police say, but was arrested around 2.40pm on Sunday. He had a license with the Taxi and Limousine Commission and was working for Uber at the time, according to the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.

Tolk, his son said, was born in Brooklyn and worked in the garment industry for years before it collapsed.

Tolk lived in West New York, New Jersey.

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