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Taxi Driver's Mother Says Son Died From Assault Injuries

The Riverhead taxi driver died on Thursday from injuries related to an alleged 'road rage' incident in Hampton Bays

The mother of a driver says her son has died from injuries related to an alleged "road rage" incident that occurred on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays on April 21.

According to, Robert Levasseur of Riverhead, 53, was allegedly struck in the head by Kenneth Tofty-Forrest, 27, of Hampton Bays. The police report stated that Levassau suffered "significant face and head injuries" and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by medevac and later transferred to Stony Brook.

Jeannette Levasseur says her son passed away on Thursday at Stony Brook University Hospital.

“There was nothing they could do,” Levasseur said. “He died yesterday morning. He was only 53 years old.” Her voice breaking, she added, “It was the way he died.”

In death, Levasseur said, her son was a hero: “He donated his organs. Already, they saved two people.”

Her son, she said, was a veteran of the United States Air Force who went to church every Sunday and didn’t smoke or drink.

“He was a good guy,” she said.

A bachelor and a “loner,” Levasseur's mother said he lived with her for the past 15 years in their Riverhead home, where she will live alone now. Her husband and Levasseur’s father was admitted into a nursing home 7 months ago. Levasseur is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Police said Tofty-Forrest was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

It is not immediately clear whether or not additional charges will be filed against Tofty-Forrest. Southampton Town Police did not immediately return calls.

Services for Levassau will be held at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead on Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; a burial will follow on Monday at Calverton National Cemetery.

Apal May 01, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I am curious as to why no one thought it necessary to get the story from the woman that this christian, church going man man assaulted before he was struck. It seems to me that if you are going to print a story you should be responsible enough to be sure that the ENTIRE story be told. This was a terrible incident and to not have the entire story is really showing that you are looking ONLY to sensationalize the mattter. How very sad that this is what you would have the gaul to call journalism.
Lisa Finn (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 06:40 PM
We did publish the account from the woman who alleges she was assaulted on Patch yesterday, April 30. Here is the link: http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/woman-alleges-taxi-driver-hit-her-before-deadly-altercation. We strive to give the most objective and balanced reports of all stories. Thank you so much for your comment.
John May 07, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Hey Apal, before you criticize someone's journalism, learn how to use spellcheck. The word is gall, not gaul.
John Mazza June 06, 2012 at 03:25 PM
This "good guy" was beating a woman and Mr Tofty came to her aid, He is the hero not the guy who hits women. That's a fact

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