Police say the driver of an SUV who collided with a motorcycle Sunday on the West Side Highway was chased down and later assaulted by a large group of riders in Washington Heights. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Police say motorcycle riders pulled the driver of an SUV out of his vehicle and beat him until he needed stitches.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that the incident began with the motorcyclists driving erratically and acting recklessly Sunday on the Henry Hudson Parkway.
One of them apparently shot video and posted it on YouTube. In it, you can see the driver of the SUV rear end one of the bikes. That biker breaks his leg.
Some of them kept going, but police say that the SUV driver stopped, with his wife and young daughter inside, when more than 20 riders surround them and use their helmets to dent the truck. A knife was used to slash his tires.
The driver took off, running over at least one bike.
The video shows the bikers chasing the SUV, catching up near the George Washington Bridge on 178th Street near Wadsworth Avenue, where they broke a window and got to the driver.
Kelly said that the bikers initially gathered from various locations for what he calls a stunt event in Times Square.
"They come together. They have sort of rally points," Kelly said. "Last year, they drove down Broadway. Well over 1,000 motorcycle, dirt bikes, quads, which are four-wheel vehicles, they drove down, they stopped in Times Square and blocked traffic. A lot of exhaust, fumes, that sort of thing. There was an intention to do that again this year, but because of checkpoints and enforcement in the outer boroughs, they weren't able to make it there."
As part of the stepped-up enforcement for the event, police arrested 15 people, confiscated 55 motorcycles and issued 68 summonses. None, though, were related to the alleged incident of road rage.