Fourth arrest in motorcycle gang beating on New York highway

Mon Oct 7, 2013 11:57pm EDT

The SUV involved in Sunday's Manhattan's Henry Hudson Parkway motorcycle accident is seen on a NYPD truck arriving to the 33 precinct in New York October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The SUV involved in Sunday's Manhattan's Henry Hudson Parkway motorcycle accident is seen on a NYPD truck arriving to the 33 precinct in New York October 4, 2013.

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(Reuters) - A fourth suspect was arrested on Monday for his alleged role in an attack on an SUV driver who was chased for miles along a Manhattan highway by dozens of motorcycle riders, police said.

The arrest of Craig Wright, 29, of Brooklyn, New York, came more than a week after bikers chased the sport utility vehicle, driven by a man traveling with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, and then pulled the man from the vehicle and beat him, the New York City Police Department said.

Video of the September 29 confrontation was uploaded to YouTube and went viral. The incident started with a fender bender between the Range Rover SUV and one of the motorcyclists in the northbound lanes of Manhattan's Henry Hudson Parkway.

It escalated when the SUV, surrounded by motorcyclists, accelerated through the crowd, injuring one rider and sending motorcycles flying.

Wright was charged on Monday with gang assault, assault and unlawful imprisonment, police said.

Three other motorcyclists have been charged in the incident, Reginald Chance, 37, and Robert Sims, 35, both of Brooklyn, and Christopher Cruz, 28, of New Jersey.

The Manhattan district attorney's office previously declined to comment on questions about whether the SUV driver could be charged for running over one of the bikers.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Ken Wills)

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It is known that it is illegal to haul someone out of their car and beat them up. It is known that it is illegal to smash into the back of a vehicle and ride right over a person with your car. All parties have done something wrong – (put your emotions aside for 1 minute). Let the law take it’s course and let all defend themselves in a court of law. The emotions are riding high – this is gang related etc etc, but there is not one guilty party and one innocent party in this situation. As a biker, I fear for my life when I see any driver (not just SUV’s) texting while driving, but that does not give me the right to harm them whenever I have the opportunity, and no SUV driver has the right to ride right over me if I am in front of them….road rage doesn’t even need to have bikers involved – people in cars and SUV’s hate each other all the time, and some get violent. Every vehicle out there is a weapon of mass destruction, but it is the humans who drive them who are the problem…so that’s why we have laws…to try and manage the people who behave badly! Let the law take it’s course on both sides of this situation.

Oct 07, 2013 12:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nivra wrote:
I saw the video. I believe that driver of SUV should have been more careful and not rear end the motorcyclist. On top of that he runs over another motorcyclist and run away as hit and run. I am driving for many years and have always been very cautious when cyclists are around.

Oct 07, 2013 12:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:
“injuring one rider and sending motorcycles flying” I have watched the video, I didn’t see motorcycles “flying”. I guess sensationalism trumps good reporting and writing.

Oct 08, 2013 8:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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