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.