So, what think you all of the events captured in this video? Apparently one rider that was run over was killed.
I've watched it several times. Unfortunately, you can't tell exactly what happened after the initial accident: all you can see is dozens and dozens of bikes swarming the scene before the RR bursts out and speeds off.
With the initial rear-end, it seems to me like the motorcycle pulls in front of the RR and intentionally slows down. Not saying it wasn't the RR driver's fault, but it didn't appear that the RR sped up to intentionally hit him.
Most rear-enders are automatically the fault of the rear vehicle, but in this instance, the bikers had created an unnecessary and unusual distraction by intentionally swarming the RR on all sides, with one of the riders clearly slowing by the driver's door and looking at the driver, although it's unclear what was exchanged there. I can see how the driver of the RR could become distracted by events that didn't need to happen in the first place.
There was no reason for the bikes to surround the Range Rover and certainly no reason for the motorcyclists to pull in front of it and slow down. This was clearly a coordinated attempt to get the RR to slow down and it didn't seem to me like the RR was doing anything wrong in the first place.
It is unknown whether anything happened prior to the filming starting, but it didn't seem as if the bikers were intentionally pursuing the RR after some incident that occurred before the filming began. If they were, they were wrong to do so.
If shown this video in court, I would have no problem acquitting the driver of the RR, especially if he/she had his wife/husband/kids in the car at the time. To me, this situation could clearly invoke justified feelings of the fear of imminent bodily harm and at that point, it would be too late to call the police for aid. It's not too hard to break out car windows and attack people so the people inside the RR, surrounded by that many angry bikers, were clearly in a position of great danger, IMHO.
Even if the first mishap was an accident and was my fault, I don't think I would sit there being surrounded by a shitload of angry motorcyclists, especially since they later ran down the car, surrounded it and started trying to break out the windows. If I felt I was being threatened with serious bodily injury, I would have taken off, too, and if there was a motorcycle and a rider blocking my path, I would have gone right over them if that was my only means of escape.
This happened in New York, but had this happened to me here in Missouri, I probably would have stayed put at the first accident scene and if somebody broke out my windows and reached in, or if somebody started throwing large objects through my windows, I would have just started shooting them and it all would have ended right there one way or another. No point in creating a moving Mad Max-style scenario on public highways and endangering other motorists or pedestrians who might get caught up in it.
It's sometimes a crazy world we live in. I would have expected this video to be on a Russian dash cam, not an American one.
Me? The group of cyclists was wrong to surround, harass and try to slow the Ranger Rover and even if the initial rear-ender was an accident, that was the fault of not only the guy who pulled in front of the RR and intentionally slowed, but also the riders surrounding the vehicle, not only distracting the driver but also limiting what he could do to extract himself from the situation in a safe and practical manner. Perhaps he even felt they were trying to surround him and force him off the road? It seems like a reasonable thought to me. Why else would a bunch of motorcycles suddenly surround my vehicle? That's not a normal thing to do.
Without further long winded ado here's the video. Make of it what you will: