66-year-old Sikh man beaten to death in New York road rage: cops

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By journalsofus.com


A 66-year-old Sikh man was beaten to death in a violent attack on a Queens highway last week, and his family is calling for his alleged killer to face hate crime charges.

Jasmer Singh was driving his wife home from a doctor’s appointment in Kew Gardens around noon Thursday when he was involved in an accident, leading to a deadly confrontation, authorities said.

The other driver, Gilbert Augustin, 30, was arrested the next day and charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

Moments after Singh’s Toyota collided with Augustin’s Ford Mustang, a witness reported hearing a male voice saying “There are no police” and seeing a man reaching into the victim’s car and snatching a cell phone from him. hand in hand, according to a criminal complaint.

Singh got out of his car and followed Augustin, and the two men argued before the victim managed to get his phone back, the complaint states.

But the clash did not end.

When Singh returned to his Toyota, Augustin allegedly punched him three times in the head and face, causing him to fall to the ground and suffer a brain injury, according to the court record.

Jasmer Singh, 66, who practices the Sikh faith and wears a turban, was killed in a highway fight in Queens on Thursday.
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Singh, who had been preparing for an upcoming trip to his native India with his wife, suffered a brain injury.

He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he died the next day, police said.

Your son told WCBS that Singh was left with a broken skull and two missing front teeth as a result of the broad daylight attack on October 19.

The son, identified only as Multani by the outlet, called on authorities to file possible hate crime charges against his father’s alleged killer.

“The guy was addressing my father in his costume, in his turbans,” Multani said. “There was no reason for anyone to go with that intensity. “My father was attacked and it is a possible hate crime.”

Singh’s family would like to see hate crime charges brought against the alleged attacker.
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He described his father as an educated person, “very noble, a simple person.”

Meanwhile, Singh’s wife was traumatized and left with a “terrible impression” after the fight that killed her husband, Multani said.

According to prosecutors, Judge Danielle Hartman ordered Augustin, who left after the deadly attack, held without bail.

He is due back in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday.

Mayor Eric Adams expressed his condolences to the Big Apple’s Sikh community in a statement Sunday.

“Jasmer Singh loved his city and deserved so much more than his tragic death,” Adams posted on X, along with a photo of the slain man.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I want our Sikh community to know that you have more than our condolences,” he said. “You have our sacred vow that we will reject the hatred that took this innocent life and protect you.”

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