Monday, September 30, 2013

Life Imitates "Mad Max"

You don't see a headline like this every day...

Gang of bikers attack driver in front of family after high-speed chase
An unidentified 30-year-old man was attacked in front of his wife in child in New York City after his vehicle was pursued by a gang of motorcyclists in a high speed chase.

It is not clear what started the altercation, but a video apparently taken by one of the bikers shows the gang surrounding the man’s Range Rover SUV on Manhattan’s West Side Highway Monday afternoon, the New York Post reports.
There is very little to go on from the article, so it's not clear if the SUV started it or the motorcycles did. I will note that you have to be pretty fucking stupid to challenge an SUV with a motorcycle, so my money's on the bikers. However, I have a general dislike of Range Rovers to begin with, so it's quite possible that yuppie trash who think they're better than everyone else because their SUV costs more than some homes started the altercation - you know "those peasants on their motorized scooters will have to make way for my large expensive sports-utility vehicle"...

Where the bikers attacked the vehicle and caused physical damage to both the vehicle and the occupants, they're going to have a hard time proving that the driver wasn't in fear for his life when he pushed the bikes out of the way earlier. Establishing a propensity for violence isn't a great way to prove that you're the innocent victim in all this, but again, there's a decided lack of evidence. While it's possible that these are rogue, "Mad Max"-esque bikers out to terrorize some poor urban family, it's equally likely that some urban professional decided to use his vehicle's heavier curb weight to ignore the laws of traffic and merge into a line of bikes.

The one clear lesson from this story, IMHO, is that in road rage incidents, there are no winners, just survivors...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I had a MC member co-worker who would stab cars that cut him off in traffic. He had an old broken Buck folding knife filed down like a chisel.

He was known to stab them while doing 65 MPH. I told him I would put him in the weeds if he tried that with me. He laughed and told me most people just are pretty tame when some big bearded guy is stabbing their Volvo to death.

I doubt Mr. & Mrs. Range Rover will want to pursue this if NYC motorcycle clubs are anything like the Pagans, Breed or Warlocks.

Gerry

Wally said...

There is a pretty good video posted.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ukdkgLYYbw

Can't see what happens before the video starts, of course, but there is clearly a cyclist crowding the driver at 0:20.

I stand behind the driver getting out of dodge there after he's swarmed. And again at around the 5 minute mark. At 6:15 he wasn't so lucky.

Raises some interesting points about mob mentality - and actions of one person against a mob. Can't really take action against riders _following_ you. Threatening, assaulting, is a different story entirely.

Armed Texan said...

It's hard to tell if the SUV driver was justified or not in his first escape, but the collective asshattery on the bikers' side is definitely in evidence. At the 25" mark, we see the gang slow down to stop all traffic on the road. It may be that they were targeting the SUV for something that happened before the video starts, but nothing justifies that behavior. Then the SUV bumps the bike in front of him that is slowing down. So far, despite the bump, the evidence is still against the bikers. After that, the video is too far out of range to see what transpires, but you can bet that if I was driving that SUV and feared for the safety of my family and myself, I too would treat the bikers blocking my path as a mere speed bump.

Assuming the SUV driver did something insulting, illegal, and dangerous, then, yes, follow the guy, get his plate number, call the cops, and keep following until the cops arrive. I saw nothing to justify attacking him or making him fear for his life.

Jay G said...

I wonder how the media would have treated this incident had a bunch of white bikers attacked a black family in a vehicle.

Something tells me it'd have slightly different coverage.

Armed Texan said...

This story has more detail. It's looking more and more like the bikers were completely in the wrong.

Glenn B said...

Tell me again why it is that Bloomberg and Cuomo are against law abiding citizens arming themselves o fight off such savagery and tell me where was Ray Kelly's finest at any point in this mess since 911 had been called. I am happy and unhappy I was not driving in the area. I may well have tried to lend assistance to the folks in the SUV but my limited ammo, because of the NY SAFE Act, may have assured my demise at the hands of the biker thugs who seemingly would have been carrying. I need to carry more spare magazines than two.

Roger said...

I don't drive an SUV & I have 35 years experience riding a motorcycle, both on the street an on various tracks. A motorcycle is always the loser in a 4 wheeler vs two wheeler encounter. It takes a VERY foolish biker to do a brake slam in front of any car much less an SUV.
All that said, I doubt that any of that would have happened in Florida or Nevada or any other right to carry state.

Glenn B said...

By the way, I know that area all too well, used to work narcotics cases up that way. Had the guy not been out of his wits, and he surely must have been panicked out of them, he would have taken the exit to the George Washington Bridge and thus toward a small force of Port Authority of NY & NJ police officers who are virtually always stationed there. Too bad he took the streets, little hope of those bikers not catching him there and probably smaller hope of the NYPD arriving in time to help.

Ed said...

Remember, police in NYC carry weapons to protect themselves, not you. You carrying a weapon to protect yourself in NYC? You are not worthy of such protection in NYC. Who do you think you are, anyways - a U.S. citizen?

Matthew said...

Given the all-lane slowdown attempt and the helmet cam guy in trail I'd guess they were trying to create rolling space to do some tricks.

So even without the accident they were likely looking to break a bunch of traffic laws and safe-riding rules.

RollsCanardly said...

I'm not sure the biker's ass-hattery justified the first hit and run, and wish the video had show more of the preceding events. I suspect both parties/groups were at fault here, but it sure looks like the bikers escalated things to the point where there was no good way out for the Range Rover driver.

Mike_C said...

It's a shame that Jeremiah Mieses was struck and possibly paralyzed, but it's also noteworthy that, as a Lawrence, MA resident, Mieses did not possess any sort of Massachusetts driver's license and never even applied for a motorcycle permit. Plus the MA Registry (among other things the license people) had designated him a habitual offender whose right to drive (anything, much less a 'cycle) had been revoked until 2017.

Oh, and he appears to be "an aspiring rapper" known as Jay Meezee. Is this some kind of twisted joke? If you made this shit up you'd be accused of some sort of stereotyping.

I wonder how the media would have treated this incident had a bunch of white bikers attacked a black family in a vehicle. Something tells me it'd have slightly different coverage.
Nah, of course not. Not in a million years. /sarc
On the other hand, I was somewhat surprised to not see any remarks about "Asian drivers" in the few comments I've skimmed on the "regular" news sites. Astonishing.