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 auto.
CBS New York reports that investigators believe the attack followed a quarrel outside NYC's Chelsea Piers late Saturday night. About 14 hours later, police arrested Kohji Kosugi, 39, of Manhattan, on a manslaughter charge in the attack.
Police say that Kosugi approached Tolk's Toyota Camry on foot and began banging on his hood with a hockey stick. An altercation ensued, during which Kosugi hit Tolk in the head with the hockey stick, according to NBC.
Police are reportedly investigating the role the hockey stick blow played in Tolk's death.
Defense lawyer David Jeffries argued in court that the alleged attack came only after Tolk got out of his vehicle, and that prosecutors would have a hard time connecting it to Tolk's death following the crash about half a mile away. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital. It is not clear whether it was the blow from the hockey stick or crash-related trauma that killed the man.
The police have not revealed a motive, but a spokesperson said the pedestrian appeared to be upset after Tolk almost struck him in the crosswalk. "If he wouldn't have gotten hit, he wouldn't have died". The New York City Medical Examiner's office will determine the cause of his death.
Randolph Tolk, a Brooklyn native and grandfather of three, graduated from the University of Miami and had a long career in the garment industry, before being laid off in 2000, his son, Andrew Tolk, told the New York Daily News.
"The attacker is a coward and should be in jail", Viloria said at the conference.
Kosugi claims on LinkedIn to be a doctor, but is not licensed to practice medicine in the state of NY.