Teen bicyclists attack Manhattan BMW driver after boy injured in mishap
A group of teen bicyclists attacked a BMW driver in Chelsea after one of the boys was hurt in a mishap with the vehicle, startling videos show.
Witnesses said dozens of teenagers on BMX bicycles were rolling together on Fifth Ave. when the clash sparked off near 21st St. about 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“Two (bicyclists) grab onto a car driving by to catch a ride,” Witness Dr. Daniel Winarick, who posted one of the videos, tweeted. “The driver breaks & 1 of the bikers crashes into something, resulting in a bloody lip.”
The bicyclists attacked the 2009 BMW SUV a moment later, witnesses said. The vehicles had medical plates and a woman was riding inside with the driver, a witness tweeted.
“They spat on the car, slammed a bike onto the windshield, then a guy jumped on it & they broke the handle, trying to open the door from the outside,” Maria Petrova, who also took video of the attack, tweeted. “Woman was shaking & in tears, ‘We were trapped, there was so much violence, I thought I was going to die.’”
At least four bicyclists attacked the SUV, the cellphone videos show, body-slamming the vehicle and punching a rear driver’s side window.
At one point, a bicyclist lifts up his two-wheeler and slams it down on the SUV’s hood while another runs up on the hood and jumps on the windshield, causing it to spider-web.
The SUV rolls off after a few moments.
Cops said that the 36-year-old driver called 911 after the attack. Police responded but the bicyclists were gone by then and have not been caught.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.