About dozen dirt bikers were caught on cellphone video popping wheelies and recklessly swerving amid Highway 101 rush-hour traffic in San Francisco — and then ganging up on a motorist.
A local resident who videotaped Wednesday’s incident told KNTV-TV one of the bikers swerved toward the motorist — who was driving a white Toyota Camry — and then appeared to fishtail before regaining control of the dirt bike.
Then a driver of a red car — which the witness told KNTV may be associated with the dirt bikers — slowed down in front of the motorist, boxing him in.
After the motorist pulled to the side of the freeway, the bikers surrounded his car and struck it with their dirt bikes and their fists, California Highway Patrol Officer Vu Williams told the station. The witness told KNTV the bikers smashed the car’s side windows and damaged its panels.
Cellphone video also captures the bikers beating and kicking the motorist. Then the bikers dumped the victim in the middle of Highway 101 and fled the scene, Williams told the station.
The witness who videotaped the incident called 911 and was one of those who stopped to help the victim, who was “really in agony” after suffering a broken leg, a bloodied face and road rash on his arms, the witness told KNTV.
The witness had moved to the area from New York, the station said, and recalled the horrific 2013 motorcycle gang assault of a motorist who was with his wife and son on the Henry Hudson Parkway. While the witness told KNTV he wanted to intervene, he was outnumbered and said he felt “helpless,” instead, opting to videotape the incident so the culprits might be caught.
The dirt bikes — along with ATVs in the group — didn’t have license plates, Williams told the station.
A woman identified the victim as her 35-year-old brother who lives in Modesto but comes to San Francisco almost daily to drive for Uber, SFGate reported.
“He’s a good guy,” the woman told the outlet. “He’s not a troublemaker or nothing like that. I don’t understand why someone would beat him up.” The woman a told SFGate that her brother has a baby boy.
Dirt biker gangs have been causing havoc on San Francisco streets for years, KNTV reported, adding that CHP officers often can’t catch them as the dirt bikes can go off road and hide in a matter of seconds.
“They get on the road, doing their stunts, and then they flee,” the CHP said, according to the station.
Said Williams to KNTV: “The level of what they are doing, the level of danger, how brazen they’ve become has risen exponentially because they continue to get away with this.”
A San Francisco Police Department spokeswoman told SFGate that “they’re biking up and down some stairs near some apartment complexes. We won’t chase them because it’s too dangerous.”
This story has been updated.