A sidewalk on 29th Street near 41st Avenue, near the site where Sandor Szabo was punched. Google Maps

Ride-Hail Mishap Kills Tourist in LIC

Associated Press

A Florida man who knocked on a car window because he thought it was his Uber ride has died after the driver got out and punched him in Long Island City.

Sandor Szabo, 35, was visiting Queens for a wedding. He died Tuesday.

Police say Szabo, a Boca Raton resident, fell and hit his head on a sidewalk after he was punched at around 1 a.m. Sunday on 29th Street near 41st Avenue in Long Island City, where he was visiting for a wedding.

Josh Gillon, CEO of the What If Media Group, Szabo’s employer, told WABC that Szabo was a “really good person” and was well-known in the digital marketing industry.

“Sandor was a super outgoing, friendly, and incredibly smart businessman,” What If Media Group told Florida’s WPBF in a statement. “He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested. He was a really good person.”

Police say the suspect left the scene in a white SUV.

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