State Police report they are hunting roughly 40 people on dirt bikes and ATVs they say began attacking an 82-year-old Brookline man near the Bowker Overpass, then kept following him as he tried to escape onto Storrow Drive and then beat him when he rolled down his window on Cambridge Street in Allston to yell for help this past Thursday night.
State Police say the man remains hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to recover, State Police say.
State Police provided this account:
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on November 18, the victim was driving his 1996 Buick Century from Park Drive to Boylston Street, approaching the Bowker Overpass, when he observed 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.
The victim then was able to drive away and took the Bowker Overpass to Storrow Drive westbound with the intention of driving to a police station to get help. Several of the dirt bike and ATV operators followed him, however, and began kicking and striking the victim’s vehicle again. The victim attempted to drive evasively to get away from the suspects as he continued onto Soldiers Field Road.
The victim 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 put his window down to ask occupants of another car to call 911. While the victim’s car window was down, one of the riders, a male, approached him on foot and began punching the victim through the open window. At the same time, other riders continued to kick the victim’s car. One of the suspects threw a piece of pipe through the car’s rear window; another threw a large rock through one of the car windows.
Eventually traffic being to flow, and the victim was able to make a left turn onto Cambridge Street in Allston. He was able to drive to Joe’s Kwik Market, where he got out of his car and fell to the ground. Boston EMS responded and transported him to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.
State Police ask that anyone with information - or with video - contact either 911 or State Police detectives at 617-727-8817.