UPDATE: Boca-area  man dies after altercation on New York street; employer reacts “with a very heavy heart.”


UPDATE: New York police confirmed early Wednesday that Sandor Szabo died Tuesday.

At midday Wednesday, Szabo’s employer,  What If Media, posted a note “with a very heavy heart” on its Facebook page.

It said Szabo “was super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman. He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring.”

The note said Szabo lived with his brother in the Boca Raton area but spent considerable time in the firm’s headquarters in Fort Lee, N.J., near New York. 

“He was critical in helping our company’s recent rapid growth,” the posting said. “Our company has about 25 employees, all of whom are very close; he was part of our family. We are all deeply saddened by this loss. We will remember his bright smile, his positive attitude, his passion for our company (and each of us), his love of fish, fishing, and cooking, and his love of family. His beautiful spirit and his love of life will remain with us. We are going to miss him dearly.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

The family of a Boca Raton-area man fears for his life after he struck his head on a sidewalk when he was punched by a man on a New York street corner early Sunday.

New York City police have asked the public for help in finding the white-sport utility vehicle that drove off after its occupant apparently punched Sandor Szabo, 35, in the city's borough of Queens at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

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"The victim's head hit the pavement when he fell back and he lost consciousness," said a police statement issued Sunday evening. It said the person in the SUV drove off. 

The incident took place in Queens' Long Island City neighborhood, about one-half mile east of Manhattan. 

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Szabo was taken to an unspecified hospital, and police said Tuesday morning he remained in critical condition. The police said no arrest has been made.

Szabo’s brother Dominik told The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday he was dealing with his brother’s crisis and couldn’t talk at length. But he did provide a photo and confirmed reports about the incident by New York’s WCBS-2 TV station.

It said Sandor Szabo was on life support. 

The story said Szabo, a marketing professional, had flown to New York Saturday for wedding. 

Szabo's family reportedly said he was leaving the hotel where his brother was staying and called for a car to go back to his own hotel. The family believes he was knocking on car windows to check on which ride was his when he knocked on the window of the SUV. A man inside got out and punched him.

The family said he'd just started a new job but they now feared he won't survive.

Anyone with information should call New York Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.



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