Manhattan Road Rage: Bikers vs. SUV [VIDEO]
The scene was frenetic on the streets of New York City Sunday as a brigade of motorcyclists tormented a family in an SUV in one of the most heinous cases of road rage caught on video. The incident left the driver beaten and bikers badly injured.
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A group of bikers allegedly belonging to a gang known as Hollywood Stuntz, planned an unauthorized pack-style ride in which hundreds of riders gathered outside Manhattan, intent on driving into Times Square in some sort of flash motorcycle mob.
Around 125th St. in New York City the riders came to an abrupt halt, and that’s when a driver reportedly accidentally bumped the back tire of one of the bikers.
After the driver and motorcyclist pulled over, they were quickly surrounded by about 30 bikers who began kicking and punching the victim’s Range Rover, police said. Inside the vehicle–the driver’s wife and 2-year old daughter.
As the driver attempted to escape the chaotic scene, which would continue along Manhattan’s West Side Highway and eventually stretch for 50 blocks, he reportedly struck two other bikers while fleeing, police said. One biker suffered two broken legs after the SUV ran over him. A second biker suffered a leg injury.
The other bikers, now an angry mob, perpetuated their hot pursuit of the Range Rover 2 1/2 miles, and again surrounded the vehicle. One biker can be seen smashing in the driver side window with his helmet. The man was dragged from the truck and badly beaten, according to CNN.com.
The driver required only a trip to a local hospital and stitches to his face. His wife and child were not injured. The man was not charged.
Police now begin the task of identifying the motorcyclists and determining what charges to file in this most grievous incident of road rage.
Today, police arrested 28-year old Christopher Cruz of Passaic, N.J. as one biker involved in the initial accident, NJ.com reports. Cruz has been charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing. He was not injured in the accident.
55 more bikes were seized and 68 summons were written by police for various violations, CNN.com reports.