Since we first told you about the New York City incident between a family of three in a Range Rover SUV and a group of motorcyclists with a pack mentality early Monday morning, the story has blown up nationally and even internationally.
We tracked down the original source of the video to YouTube user "Michelinman900", whom we attempted to contact on Monday, but he never answered back. What's interesting is that said rider, who was part of the loosely formed "Hollywood Stuntz" group of motorcyclists, had uploaded several clips from the NYC run on YouTube, but upon checking his channel last night, the only one available from the Sunday afternoon run, was the clip with the Range Rover incident.
In other words, the other videos were removed. If you're wondering why he kept the SUV incident, if you ask us, for one, it basically frames the Range Rover driver and cuts out when the motorcyclists attack him, and it has already garnered over 2 million views in 24 hours and it does show Google Adsense ads…
Naturally, as we've seen so many times in the past, if you upload something of interest on the internet, it's not going to go away just because you removed it. In this case, a Liveleak user purportedly downloaded the videos from Michelinman900's channel and shared them with the world.
"A few videos pulled from the guy's YouTube account which he has now removed because it shows the behavior of the group at what I believe is before the incident with the Range Rover," said user MixedWithFruit.
There's roughly an hour's worth of footage in the seven videos, in which the bikers are more of a nuisance, though, sometimes, they do put themselves and other drivers to risk with their actions. For example, they pass red lights on several occasions (4th video at the 1:20 mark and 6th video at 10:00)), they enter opposite lanes, and ride on pedestrian sidewalks (last video at the 1:15 mark).
Before we let you go to watch the clips, let us tell you that it has been confirmed that the Range Rover driver did indeed injure one of the bikers, Jeremiah Mieses, 26, who according to the latest report from NYDaily, was hospitalized after being run over by the SUV's driver, Alexian Lian. “The rider was bleeding out of his mouth and nose even though he had a helmet on,” said an anonymous witness. “He was conscious but couldn’t move at all.”