UPDATE: More details have now emerged and are available here.
A Florida man visiting NYC for his step sister’s wedding has died two days after being viciously punched in the face by a man he supposedly confused with an Uber driver.
Sander Szabo apparently walked up to a car he thought was his Uber, knocked on the window, and got knocked out cold by the angry driver.
He hit his head on the pavement, causing traumatic brain injuries that eventually led to his death.
According to Fox News:
Sander Szabo, 35, died at the hospital two days after the driver of an SUV delivered a blow to the Florida native’s face, causing Szabo to fall back and slam his head into the pavement, police told the Palm Beach Post on Wednesday. Szabo was in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens returning to his hotel just after 1 a.m. Sunday when he was hit.
Police are now searching for this man:
In this car:
The driver immediately fled the scene.
“When he was hit, he was struck so hard in the face,” Szabo’s brother, Dominic, told the New York Daily News on Monday. “He hit his head on the asphalt. That’s what caused the brain injury.”
Szabo was the vice president of sales at Whatif Media Group, a job he started in March 2017, according to his Facebook page.
I understand being alarmed if someone knocks on your car window… but knocking them out cold and then FLEEING the scene seems BEYOND excessive.
Again, this dude just thought his Uber was here… now he’s dead.
Authorities are urging anyone with information to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.