SUV runs over motorcyclists in NYC

It did not take long for this video to go viral. It is not only the hottest topic in the motorcycle industry right now, but a very hot topic in the news in general. The details leading up to the incident and the details of the injuries that followed are inconsistent. However, what we can see from the footage is the SUV and a rider making contact, this leads us to believe that rider went down, then we can see the SUV stopped and surrounded by a large group of motorcycles. Then we see the SUV plowing through them, and a chase ensues.

From the video alone, we do not have enough information to know what led up to the initial accident. The rider who was hit by the SUV was taunting him for some reason, perhaps there was some confusion before the footage started.  There are many comments online about these riders and how they were terrorizing this driver in the SUV before the accident. Really, terrorizing? The rider didn't have a gun or baseball bat. While bikers who ride in large groups often misbehave, they do have a sense of self preservation. They may ride recklessly, but not with the desire of being maimed or killed in the process. How does someone on two wheels terrorize a driver in an SUV? They are not going to intentionally  make contact with the vehicle, so there is no real threat, just annoyance. The riders unpredictability may make the driver nervous and frustrated, I understand that. The driver then has the option to slow down, change lanes, or take the next exit.  Again, annoying, I get it.

Regardless, we do know this, you can't run over people. You cannot use your car as a weapon because of perceived danger. This driver hit a rider resulting in injury and not only left the scene of an accident, ran over more bikes and riders in the process. He ran over people!!!

How is that part getting missed in all of this? If your friends were run over, then the driver left the scene, would you chase him down?

I have seen the additional footage as well,  the riders were riding on the shoulders and sidewalks and lane splitting, and passing illegally.  You still cannot run them over, period.

There were so many bad decisions made in this 10 minute time span, it really was the perfect storm. It's a terrible story on all accounts, and I hope that riders and motorists both learn something from it.

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  • That's crazy. Good for his friends. Where are the cops? I can't walk across the street without getting in trouble in NYC!!

  • "You cannot use your car as a weapon because of perceived danger."

    I would like to comment on that statement. If the driver in the SUV felt they were in danger, completely surrounded, and there's no other way to preserve their life, then I would say they have every right to use their SUV as a weapon. No one should be able to forcefully contain someone else against their will. Add to that dozens of people forcefully holding someone against their will, and things can get even more out of hand.

    However, like you, I don't know all the details, but we all have right to defend ourselves and our family. On the other hand, if the SUV driver instigated anything, they should be held accountable for that.

    Both parties have to accept some level of culpability in this horrific incident.

  • In reply to Langstone:

    There are so many unknowns at this time. We do not know what those riders were doing around the SUV after the first accident. But this story does make for some great discussion. Where is the line between intimidation and real danger? At what point is taking action justified and/or legal? I think we all like to think that we would know how to act accordingly in these situations, but the truth is, unless we have had some sort of training, instinct takes over. Fight or flight, I think this guy did a bit of both. I am not a parent, but I am an aunt, and I do understand the primal need to protect ones children at any cost. However, was this driver overreacting, or was there real danger? I look forward to more details as this story unfolds. Thanks for your comment.

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    In reply to Sarah Lahalih:

    We do know what happened, it has been reported already. When the SUV was cut off the biker turned to make eye contact with the driver and then began to slow rapidly. If you watch closely, the front bumper of the vehicle dipped quickly indicating he was braking hard. Upon hitting the biker, the SUV came to a stop (like he was legally supposed to), was then surrounded by additional bikers and they began slashing his tires with KNIVES and hitting/ denting the SUV. As a parent in general, I do not think getting out of the car at that moment to confront ARMED enraged individuals would have been a good idea. Keep in mind there was a 2 year in the car. This could easily lead for a person to fear for his own or families lives at that point. The rest of the video was someone driving away scared. The only thing I would have done differently would have been to stay on the freeway, keep the car in motion and wait for police to meet up with the vehicle. If it came to the point where they were still trying to attack the SUV in a way it could break the window onto my 2 year old daughter, I would have swerved to intentionally knock the riders off there bikes.

  • In reply to Chris Knapp:

    Thanks for your comment. I heard about the tires getting slashed too, that has not been confirmed yet. Were all of those riders harassing the SUV, or were they stopping because there was an accident? What is confirmed, is one of the men he ran over is now paralyzed, that rider was off of his bike tending to the one who cut off the SUV. He was plowed down. Is that ok? Is damage to your car a good enough reason to plow through a crowd of people? Damn the collateral damage? Was there real danger? We don't know yet. This is where the legal system comes in.

  • In reply to Sarah Lahalih:

    See the pattern, get the message? (No license, no insurance, no registration, no papers, once again, a hit and run.)

    No sympathy. They intimidated and attacked the SUV. He had his wife and 2 year old in the car. No charges , case closed.

    Lesson learned. YOU are responsible for your actions. Next time, you might be dead by getting run over.

    Decent people are FED UP with this behavior. The public is in total support of the SUV driver.

  • In reply to Langstone:

    Both parties are not at fault, the bikers are, and yes you can use your car as a weapon if you are threaten if it is used in a manner to get away and flee. That is what he did, he will be sued by the punks, but no jury will award them with a dime!

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    Sarah, that was an incredibly short sighted post. I've seen the video. Yes, these motorcycle riders on two wheels were terrorizing this family. And using the word 'terrorizing' is an understatement. Not an overstatement. Every one of the riders that was in front of the SUV while it was stopped on the highway was part of the harassment and detainment. Its a shame that the drive had to maim someone in order to protect his family. He did the right thing regardless of what happened before the video starts.

    The SUV driver is a hero and the things that chased/detained, (Including the injured man) should be prosecuted.

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    The SUV driver is a hero and the THUGS (not 'things') that chased/detained, (Including the injured man) should be prosecuted.

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    IMMEDIATELY THE MEDIA CRIMINALIZED THE BIKERS! YES THE BIKERS DID STOP THE SUV! YES THEY WERE YELLING AT THE DRIVER FOR CUTTING THEM OFF AND SCREAMING PROFANITY AT HIM! THEY DID NOT TOUCH HIM OR HIS VEHICLE! IT GIVES NO ONE THE RIGHT TO USE THERE VEHICLE AS A WEAPON TO RUN OVER A BUNCH OF UNARMED BIKERS! IF YOU FEEL YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER YOU CALL 911!!! THE DRIVER OF THE SUV ASSAULTED THE BIKERS FIRST!!! AND HE INFLICTED MUCH MORE SERIOUS INJURIES!!! HE NEEDS TO BE JAILED!! I DONT CARE IF HE IS WEALTHY!!! I DO NOT AGREE THE BIKERS SHOULD HAVE STOPPED HIM AND THEY SHOULD BE PRSECUTED FOR DETAINING HIM! BUT THEDRIVER OF THE SUV SHOULD BE PROSECUTED ALSO AND AT A GREATER LEVEL!!!

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    In reply to factfinder:

    There's a footage showing one of the biker did try to open the SUV driver's side door seconds before the SUV speed up and run over those bikers.

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    In reply to Zulfadzli Ridzuan:

    No there isn't. There is video of the driver hitting the biker, then the bikers approach the SUV, presumably to assert that he is a lane-hogging jerk, talking on his cell phone who just broke some guy's legs. THEN the SUV driver plows over the bikers THEN they chase him THEN they open the door THEN he gets away again THEN they catch him and beat the tar out of him.

    Get your facts straight.

  • In reply to factfinder:

    The bikers were blocking several exits on the highway, they surrounded him and then the one turd break-checked him to make him stop so they could take over the highway. They are 100% at fault, the only thing the drive did wrong was not putting his suv in reverse and running more of them over when they stopped him.

  • Mess with the bull, you get the horns.. I look at the video like this.. I think the average IQ of most of the riders is quite low. That is why this event happened.. End of debate.. The Range Rover driver wanted to get from point A to point B. Instead, he had a huge number of completely ignorant people surround him and enter his life. Wow, and it was such a beautiful day!

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    Wake up Sarah
    You are embarrassing us with your ignorance about these menaces

  • "How is that part getting missed in all of this? If your friends were run over, then the driver left the scene, would you chase him down?"

    Are you recommending this? If so, poor advice. I would have had his plate number at that point and would have called the police. As much as we would like to sometimes, we cannot take the law in to our own hands.

  • Glad to find this posting (discussion) of the "incident" and you sure don't embarrass me Sarah. I agree with your comments and look forward to finding more out about what happened. I really want to know how many times the driver of the SUV called 911, during the incident (did he call 911??), and I would like to know if any of the motorcyclists called (911) after the first bike was hit.

    Other questions would be, who organized the ride (get together?)? What was the original purpose? Did they plan on so many bikes showing up? Were there problems before this incident? Is there a club or "gang" affiliation with this? (I heard that there were several stunt riders involved.)

    Definitely some mob mentality going on and there will be some severe penalties for a number of people........but there is more to the story then the video.

    Unfortunately motorcyclists in general will get a "blackeye" because of this event, and, as usual, it only takes a few individuals to cause issues for all of us.

    I feel extremely bad for the rider that was run over, and appears to be paralyzed. What probably started as a great get together with some friends, and probably dozens of people he never met, ended by changing his life forever. Good chance he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time............

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