Tuesday, October 1, 2013

NYC Street Bikers Attack Motorist.

I'm not a motorcyle enthusiast. Not even remotely so. In fact, I find "bikers", especially the "urban" variant, annoying and childish. Seriously, what grown assed man with real life responsiblities has time to put on a leather outfit and spend the entire weekend riding around the Beltway doing wheelies at 70mph in congested traffic with other grown assed men in matching leather outfits? Join an adult softball league and call it a day, sheesh.

That said, I really enjoy those World Star Videos where the "urban biker gangs" in New York City ride through congested city streets doing wheelies at 70mph. They pose no personal danger to me (unlike the assholes flying down 495) and if you watch the videos on a good TV with the surround sound on, they're actually an entertaining way to blow 15 minutes.[1] The bikers all have cameras mounted on their handlebars to capture the action, they splice the videos to accentuate the tricks, set it to some ignorant music, and voila. Instant entertainment.

One NYC family was not so entertained this past weekend, however, as a (literal) run-in with a biker gang turned violent.
A gang of bikers terrorized a dad driving with his wife and baby daughter on the West Side Highway — chasing after their SUV and then dragging the man out and beating him to a pulp in front of his horrified family, authorities said.

One of the thugs even posted a video of the sickening beatdown on YouTube (images at left) after filming the pursuit using a helmet-mounted camera Sunday.

The attack seemed to come out of nowhere, authorities said. Alexian Lien, 33, of Manhattan, was driving the family’s Range Rover north near West 125th Street in Harlem when the gang, known as Hollywood Stuntz, surrounded the SUV at around 1:30 p.m., according to officials.

A biker pulled in front of the car and slowed down, forcing Lien to stop — at which point, as seen on the gang’s video, the bikers stop and a confrontation ensues.The panicked dad gunned the engine, striking several bikers — one of whom was seriously injured — as he sped off, with the pack of thugs in hot pursuit, police sources said.

“He feared for his life and the lives of his wife and daughter,” a police source said.

The thugs chased him more than 50 blocks north, as seen on the 6-plus-minute video, which quickly went viral.The crew pummeled Lien on the pavement in front of his wife, Rosalyn Ng, and their 2-year-old daughter, police sources said.Lien, who also was slashed during the melee, was rushed to Columbia University Medical Center. He needed stitches to his face and chest and had two black eyes.

Sources said the injured biker was being prepped for surgery Monday night, and doctors feared he might be left a paraplegic.
Here's the video. Fast forward to the end.

Note to self: if you're ever in pursuit of someone, with the intent to commit a felony, remember to turn off your video camera. And if you forget to turn off the camera for some reason, be smart enough to not upload the video to the internet once said felony has been committed.
The video was uploaded by the biker to Live Leak with the caption, "A black Range Rover ran over a group of bikers in New York City during an annual street ride." The information posted with the video claimed that a biker was killed when he was hit by the Range Rover, but police said that was not true.

Police are investigating witness accounts. A video of the chase and confrontation was also uploaded to the Internet. Pisano said police are "combing everything" as part of their investigation, but no arrests have been made yet.

I hope these imbeciles have the highest possible charges levied against them. I'm also not 100% convinced this isn't a hate crime, because I doubt these morons would have chased down a car full of N-words that looked like them. Maybe this'll convince cities to pay more attention to biker gangs (and street racers for that matter).

Question: Yeah, I know I sound like an old assed man, but please tell me ya'll aren't ok with this sorta activity. Please.

[1] No, I haven't actually done that. I have a life. But I'd imagine it's pretty cool.

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