Federation reiterates call for caution after murder of a taxi driver

By Miguel Cruz Tejada

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eaders of the Federation of Taxi Drivers of the New York State reiterated the call to drivers to remain cautious in the face of attacks by criminals, after 68-year-old taxi driver Randolph Tolk was murdered in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan , when a deranged hit him in the head with a hockey stick, and then it crashed on the eleventh avenue. 

The victim, who was the grandfather of several grandchildren, was aboard his 2010 Toyota Camry, when according to the police, he started an argument with the killer, Kohji Kosugi, 39, who was arrested and charged shortly after, attacked him with the stick .

In a press conference, Fernando Mateo and José Viloria, spokesman and adviser of the federation, once again urged the taxi drivers of the city to prevent such risky incidents, because when they argue with a passenger, they do not know what are the intentions of the aggressors.

Mateo described the taxi driver's killer as a coward.

"We always advise our drivers not to leave their vehicles and avoid confrontations with anyone," added the spokesman of the federation.

Before fleeing, Kosugi allegedly hit Tolk on the head with a hockey stick and threw him to the ground.

The taxi driver residing in West New York, New Jersey, returned to his car and continued on 11th Avenue for seven blocks before crashing into a central divider on West and Horatio Streets, police said.

Paramedics took him quickly to a nearby hospital, where he died.

The police arrested Kosugi and accused him of murder. The victim's son, Andrew Tolk, said his Brooklyn-born father was a loving grandparent of three grandchildren and a loyal New Yorker. 

Tolk graduated from the University of Miami and enjoyed a long career in the garment industry before losing his job in 2000. He started driving intermittently for the Uber and livery companies, his son said.

"I would put everyone else before himself," he said. "I'm numb."

Kosugi describes himself as a doctor on his LinkedIn.com profile. An online record check did not reveal a license to practice medicine on his name in the state of New York. His name appears in research documents of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center staff.