CHICAGO — A 64-year-old taxi driver died after being attacked Sunday in the West Loop.
At 3:45 p.m., the driver was in the first block of North Jefferson Street when he and a man got into an argument, said Officer Michael Carroll, a Chicago Police spokesman. The argument escalated into a fight, and the man kicked the driver in his head.
The driver fell to the ground and was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where he died, Carroll said.
A person was in custody, but he was released without being charged, Carroll said. An investigation was ongoing.
The driver was identified as Anis Tungekar, of the 5400 block of North Sawyer Avenue, according to Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office records. Tungekar died at 5:46 p.m. Tuesday, and an autopsy showed he died from complications of blunt force head trauma and assault in a homicide.
A person who witnessed the incident said in an email to Block Club Chicago that she was walking when she saw a man get out of a Jeep and roundhouse kick Tungekar in his head. Tungekar fell to the ground, hitting his head on the concrete, the witness said.
The witness and others tried to help Tungekar while a bicyclist kept the driver of the Jeep from leaving, according to the witness. The driver stayed and spoke to police; meanwhile, Tungekar was unresponsive for the about 15 minutes the witness was with him after the kick.