By now, I’m sure most everybody has heard about the incident in New York City involving a bunch of motorcyclists on a group ride and the driver of a Range Rover. If you haven’t, Google it, read up on it, then come back here.
Based on everything I’ve read, I believe there’s a huge miscarriage of justice taking place. The driver of the Range Rover should be up on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and use of too much force in self defense, or some combination thereof. So far, no charges have been filed against him. Instead, five of the motorcyclists and one undercover cop have been arrested. Meanwhile, the guy that the Range Rover driver hit is instill in the ICU with massive injuries and will likely be paralyzed for life. This guy wasn’t one of the ones attacking the Range Rover either; he was ahead of it, on his bike.
Regardless of what the bikers did — even if they did start the incident, which I don’t believe for an instant — the Range Rover driver had absolutely no business punching it and running down other riders. None whatsoever. He was safe in his vehicle. Had they broken his window, he would have reason to drive away, but still not punching it and running people down. But it wasn’t until after the Range Rover ran down the other riders that the real attack began.
I read just yesterday that there have been witness reports that the Range Rover actually started the entire incident well before the helmet cam footage began. He reportedly already knocked at least one bike over, and then tried to run, which is why the group swarmed him, and the rider ahead of him brake-checked him to try to get him to stop. When the guy finally stopped, they started crowding around the car to find out what the deal was. Then the guy, who claimed he was in fear of his life, decides to punch it and mow some of them down. Yeah, sure. I don’t buy it at all.
In my opinion, based on what I’ve read, he was already pissed at the motorcycles for whatever reason. He was messing with them, and hit at least one of them and tried to run. They caught up to him, which is going to happen. Then he decides in anger to run them down and claim it for defense. And they caught up to him again, and this time they kicked his ass. He deserved it. His wife and kid did not, but he did. That’s where the bikers went too far — attempting to attack his wife. But after the driver ran down the other rider, it was open season on him.
Hopefully prosecutors will figure all this out and the bastard will get charged. At the very least, it’s a safe bet that the family of the paralyzed rider will be having quite the lawsuit against the driver.
To recap: While I can’t condone what the motorcyclists were doing, I can’t overlook the fact that even if the incident wasn’t caused by the Range Rover initially, the guy used entirely too much force in “running” from them, and he needs to answer for it.