On behalf of Smiley & Smiley, LLP posted in Car Accidents on Friday, October 4, 2013.
A recent New York City area accident involving a SUV and several motorcycles was caught on film and has spurred debate around the country. In the video several motorcycles can be seen driving down the Henry Hudson Parkway when a motorcycle appears to cut in front of an SUV. The SUV can then be seen rear-ending the motorcycle.
Another motorcyclist can be seen in the video getting off his bike to assist the fallen rider. At this time, several other angry motorcyclists can be seen surrounding the stopped SUV. The 33-year-old driver of the SUV, whose wife and young child were also in the vehicle, can then been seen quickly speeding away from the accident scene.
In his attempt to flee the potentially hostile and dangerous situation, however, the 33-year-old drove over the other motorcyclist who had stopped to assist the rider who was initially rear ended. The man suffered numerous and severe injuries and remains in a coma.
Other motorcyclists followed the SUV for several blocks until the driver was forced to stop the vehicle for traffic. The 33-year-old driver was then dragged from his vehicle and beaten in front of his wife, child and several eye-witnesses. So far, police have charged a 28-year-old motorcyclist who is believed to have been the cause of the initial collision with reckless endangerment, menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.
This unfortunate accident has touched off debate on both sides. So far, the 33-year-old has not been charged with any crime as he contends, and the video seems to prove, he only fled the accident scene because he feared for his safety and that of his family. Regardless, however, the fact remains that two men were seriously injured with one still in a coma and expected to be paralyzed. Police continue to investigate the accident and those factors that may have contributed to the two men being run over.
Source: MyFoxBoston.com, "Wife of biker struck in NYC says husband, paralyzed, in coma," Oct. 1, 2013
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