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Five sought for questioning in Manhattan fight that left Uber driver in coma

A screenshot of a video showing the Feb. 5 assault of an Uber driver at the corner of Second Avenue and East 62nd Street in Manhattan. (Courtesy of NYPD)

Cops want to talk to five people connected to a brawl on the Upper East Side of Manhattan this month that left an Uber driver in a coma from a massive head injury.

The NYPD released on Friday night photos of the five individuals and video footage of the attack that occurred at 4:25 a.m. on Feb. 5 at the corner of East 62nd Street and Second Avenue.

According to law enforcement sources, the five people rode inside a vehicle operated by the victim, a 54-year-old man, who then got into a verbal dispute with them. 

After stopping at the corner, police said, the argument turned physical outside the vehicle. One of the male passengers then punched the driver in the face, knocking him to the ground. The individuals then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 19th Precinct and EMS units responded to the incident. Paramedics rushed the driver to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with severe head trauma. Doctors there placed him in a medically induced coma. 

The NYPD said the victim is listed in critical but stable condition.

The five individuals wanted for questioning are pictured below:

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). Tips can also be submitted online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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