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Driver crashes shortly after getting hit with hockey stick, police say

CHELSEA, Manhattan – A livery cab driver is dead after getting into crash following an altercation with a pedestrian in Manhattan Saturday night.

Officers were called around 11:58 p.m. regarding a vehicle collision in Chelsea. When they arrived, officers found a 68-year-old Randolph Tolk of West New York, N.J. at the intersection of West Street and Horatio Street.

Tolk was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim in the Toyota Camry livery cab was traveling southbound on 11th Avenue when he stopped at West 20th Street.

Police said at the intersection, Tolk allegedly engaged in a physical altercation with an unidentified male pedestrian in his thirties when the pedestrian allegedly struck Tolk in the head with a hockey stick before fleeing on foot.

Tolk allegedly continued driving on 11th Avenue before striking the center divider on West Street and Horatio Street, said officers.

During a press conference Sunday afternoon, a spokesperson for the NY Federation of Taxi Drivers, Fernando Mateo, said Richard Tolk allegedly didn’t have a Taxi and Limousine Commission license that allows people to drive livery cabs.

The car, Mateo said, was licensed under Uber, but not much information was further available regarding Tolk’s life and the steps leading up to the incident.

Prior to a the presser, Mateo said what happened to Richard Tolk is unforgivable.

“The attacker is a coward and should be in jail, beating and elderly man with a hockey stick is unforgivable. We don’t know the cause of death but we are sure it is related to the blow that knocked him to the ground. We always advise our drivers not to get out of their vehicles  and avoid confrontations with anyone but we don’t know what lead to this tragedy”, said Fernando Mateo spokesman for the NYSFTD.

No arrests have been made, and investigation remains ongoing.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information on the incident.

It is unclear whether the driver’s death was caused by the assault, collision, or a medical condition.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).