Monday, September 30, 2013

NYC: Motorcyclists Attack Couple With Baby in SUV

Check out the video at the bottom. The West Side Highway goes past my old apartment on West 108th Street, a couple blocks west. This apparently started around 125th street and ran north. There is nothing to indicate what, if anything, provoked the initial motorcyclist to swerve in front of the SUV and hit the brake, but after that the SUV driver was smart enough to use the vehicle as a battering ram. However, he failed to lock the doors, and got off the highway into street traffic, and apparently neither he nor wife immediately called the cops to say they were under attack. Very lucky they got off so well, but holy Shiite.

Yikes.

Mayor Bloomberg and all university campus security officers would suggest the couple should have defended themselves by peeing in their pants. Which they may well have done.

UPDATE: Follow up here. One of the bikers has been arrested, the SUV driver has not been charged with anything so far.

UPDATE II: More here. Apparently there was no initial provocation by the SUV: The motorcyclists just wanted the highway to themselves, and were willing to bash the SUV to do so.

UPDATE III: Well, surprise, surprise:
Mieses (The motorcyclist injured when the SUV escaped the initial 'accident'. TTB) was recently arrested in Andover, Mass., for driving with a revoked license. According to police and records with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Mieses hasn't had a valid license or permit to drive in the state since 1999. He also never applied for a motorcycle license.

The records show that in June he was named a habitual offender and his right to drive in the state was revoked until 2017. It isn't clear if he had been licensed in any other state. His attorney had no comment.

Lien (the SUV driver) has no prior arrests.

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