The incident that happened last Sunday, September 29, in NYC, between the SUV and the group of bikers has been debated a thousand times already, so I will only attempt to give my own point of view. You are entitled to your opinion and everyone is free to comment (without judgment from me).
I would like to say, however, that, based on the videos I’ve watched and the articles I’ve read, both parties are at fault. First, there’s no question that the driver of the SUV was entitled to be on the road. The bikers did not have a permit but were driving as if they did, of course trying to stay in a pack and attempting to block others from interfering. This would have been fine if they HAD a permit but the fact remains, they did not. There was no need for the biker to slow down and stop right in front of the SUV to try to block him, causing the SUV to hit him. Clearly, the biker was trying to antagonize (or terrorize) the driver of the SUV, so if the biker was hit, that was his own fault. Also, I have to add that we are all aware how fast a motorcycle can go (especially sport bikes) and I’m sure the bikers could have easily just passed the SUV and continued their ride. Was it really worth it? I’m sure the one paralyzed in the hospital would not agree.
Having said that, common sense should have prevailed here in the mind of the SUV driver and he should have pulled over when he discovered that this group was trying to stay together. In my mind, that would be the logical thing to do. Pull over, let them pass, and be on your way. Especially if I’m driving with my child in the car, and I KNOW I’m outnumbered by motorcycles, tractor trailers, or WHATever, there’s no way I’m going to add fuel to the fire by engaging in a high-speed chase on the road. In defense of the SUV driver, though, when the bikers saw that he had his wife and child in the car, they could have been a little more tolerant of this man and let HIM pass.
The family in the SUV feared for their lives and I can understand that. The man even made at least three 911 calls from inside the vehicle, while he was driving. He was trying to get away from them, I get that, but wouldn’t it have been a lot simpler just to stay parked on the side of the road until they were out of his sight? The question is, why did the SUV driver then speed away, running over one of the bikers in the process, and KEEP GOING? We are not talking about a fender-bender here. He ran over a PERSON with his Sport Utility Vehicle. Did he really think he could run over a person and expect no retaliation from the people who were with that person? Normally, I would hope, when someone in a car runs over a person, they stop to see if the person is dead or alive.
BOTH sides are at fault in this case. In all my years of spending time with bikers, on and off the road, I have never seen anything even close to the scene in the videos of this incident. The bikers, if they are in a club, definitely need to be “schooled” about their behavior on the road, and all the ramifications of basically being an idiot. One of those ramifications is, of course, someone being paralyzed or killed. Another is the statement at the end of one of those CNN videos: “Authorities are investigating possible patterns of reckless behavior among motorcycle groups.” Great, just what we need – more discrimination against bikers! I really hope the actions of this group of bikers do not result in more problems for motorcyclists everywhere. It would also help if drivers of cars or SUV’s were educated on what to do if they find themselves alongside a large pack of motorcyclists.
Most importantly, we all need to start having more respect for human life. Peace to both sides, and I hope you all heal.