Boston dirt bike and ATV riders attack and seriously injure 82-year-old man: State Police

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Eva Webster

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Nov 24, 2021, 1:22:56 AM11/24/21
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Boston dirt bike and ATV riders attack and seriously injure 82-year-old man: State Police

Police are asking the public to help ID the suspects

An elderly man’s 1996 Buick Century was damaged and he was hospitalized by ATV riders. (Mass State Police photo.)

 

By Rick Sobey | rick....@bostonherald.com | Boston Herald

PUBLISHED: November 23, 2021 at 6:04 p.m. | UPDATED: November 23, 2021 at 10:44 p.m.

A pack of dirt bike and ATV riders surrounded and assaulted an 82-year-old Brookline man last week, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries, according to police who are investigating.

Massachusetts State Police is now asking for the public’s help in identifying multiple suspects who attacked the elderly motorist in Boston last Thursday. The man remains hospitalized but is expected to survive.

The victim at around 7:30 p.m. was driving his 1996 Buick Century from Park Drive to Boylston Street, approaching the Bowker Overpass, when he saw 30 to 40 off-road motorcycles and ATVs approaching him.

“The bike and ATV riders forced the victim onto the curb on the right-hand side of the road and several of them began smashing the windows of the victim’s car,” State Police said in a statement about the incident.

The 82-year-old man was then able to drive away and took the Bowker Overpass to Storrow Drive westbound, as he tried to get to a police station. Several of the dirt bike and ATV operators then followed him, and again began kicking and striking his vehicle.

The victim tried to get away from the suspects as he continued onto Soldiers Field Road. Police say he attempted to take the Cambridge Street off-ramp by the DoubleTree hotel in Allston, but got stuck in traffic at the top of the ramp.

He then put his window down to ask other motorists to call 911. While his window was down, one of the riders began punching the 82-year-old man, according to police. At the same time, other riders continued to kick the victim’s car. One of the suspects allegedly threw a piece of pipe through the car’s rear window, and another tossed a large rock through a window.

Traffic eventually began to flow, and the 82-year-old man took a left turn onto Cambridge Street in Allston. He was able to drive to Joe’s Kwik Marts, where he got out of his car and fell to the ground, police said. Boston EMS responded and transported him to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

“The investigation into the facts and circumstances of the attack, including potential motives, if any, remains active and is being conducted by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office,” State Police said.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed this incident — or who saw the group of dirt bike and ATV riders, took video of the riders, or has information about them — to call the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County at 617-727-8817.

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Eva Webster

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Nov 28, 2021, 2:34:09 AM11/28/21
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If you missed seeing TV coverage of this terrible incident, you may not realize how badly this poor man was beat up, and his vehicle damaged. He is still in the hospital.  See this 1.5 min. long video; the reporter was reporting from Allston.

 

https://www.wcvb.com/article/boston-massachusetts-elderly-man-attacked-by-pack-boston-atv-motorcycle-riders/38337334

Witnesses sought after elderly man attacked by pack of Boston ATV, motorcycle riders

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What an awful incident. 

Unfortunately it appears neither the city or state has an appetite these days to enforce laws on illegal ATVs.  When Franklin Park was taken over by illegal ATVs in the summer, I called the MA Environmental Police as they can enforce ATV laws in parks throughout the state.  The officer I spoke with said they were not willing to "stick their necks out" since Boston Police were pretty much taking a hands off approach.  The officer said the MA EP had received a number of similar calls asking them why they were handling illegal ATVs in Boston so differently than in the rest of the state.  The officer confirmed that if similar incidents happened at say Cochituate State Park, that the riders would be arrested and the ATVs immediately confiscated.  

There are some enablers who say things like "Well if they only had a legal place to ride these incidents would not happen."  

These are not aspiring legal ATV hobbyists-they are criminals.  How many of those 30-40 riders have come forward yet to the police?

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On 11/28/21, 10:53 AM, "Mary Helen Black" <homeowners-union-o...@googlegroups.com on behalf of m...@allstonian.com> wrote:

 

I am shocked that not one person Walking down Boylston street or driving in their car called 911.  There definitely needs to be a crack down on these ATVs motorbikes etc. I certainly hope our elected officials wake up and do something. 

 

My son goes to school at Emmanuel College and walks down Boylston all the time. He wasn’t on campus last week due to the holiday but it’s horrifying that this could happen in an area where Samuels has built many apartment buildings, there’s tons of retail and restaurants, colleges, pedestrians, Fenway Park etc.ana again,  it’s absolutely shocking that nobody called it in. 

 

Eva, please keep us posted on any leads they get on this situation. I’m going to reach out to Liz Braedon and ask her what her stance is on cracking down on these types of bikers. They’re all over Smith Park and it’s just a matter of time before something happens there. 

Mary Helen Black

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David Strati

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Hopefully this will get them to start doing something about this. Seems to be a problem all over the state. And hopefully if people do start calling 911 something will definitely be done

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