Police: Florida tourist dies from fatal punch
A Florida man left in critical condition after he was punched by an irate motorist has died of his injuries, officials said Wednesday.
Cops confirmed that Sandor Szabo, 35, died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell late Tuesday after he was removed from life support.
Family members planned to harvest the man’s organs for donation.
Szabo was returning to his Long Island City hotel after attending his stepsister’s wedding on Sunday when he banged on the window of a parked SUV, possibly mistaking it for an Uber, his family said.
The driver socked Szabo, who went reeling backward and slammed his head on the sidewalk, police said.
“When he was hit, he was struck so hard in the face," his brother Dominic Szabo told the Daily News on Monday.
Szabo, who cops said might have been drunk, pounded the window of a white SUV on 29th St. near 41st Ave. in Long Island City about 1:15 a.m. on Sunday.
The driver got out and punched Szabo, who fell to the ground, hit his head on the pavement and lost consciousness, authorities said.
Szabo had just left his brother’s hotel, and was heading back to his hotel, and he was likely trying to wave down a cab because his phone battery was dead, Dominic Szabo said.
The driver zoomed off north on 29th St., cops said.
No arrests have been made. An autopsy was scheduled to determine if Szabo was the victim of a homicide.
Sandor Szabo, who works in digital advertising, attended a trade show in New York before the wedding, relatives said.
The NYPD released images of the suspect and his SUV on Monday and asked for the public’s help tracking him down.
Cops are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.