Massachusetts man, 82, attacked by ‘violent, angry, careless’ crowd on ATVs, dirt bikes


The daughter of an 82-year-old man who was surrounded and attacked by a group of people riding dirt bikes and ATVs said her father was “alive.”

A Brookline resident who suffered serious injuries remains in hospital but is expected to survive, Massachusetts State Police said.

“He described it as a nightmare,” she told NBC 10. “This is something you see from the movie,” he said.

Her daughter, who cannot be identified for fear of family safety, told the TV station her father had bruises and head injuries and still had trouble breathing.

At around 7:30 pm on November 18, the victim was driving a 1996 Buick Century from Park Drive to Boylston Street when 35 dirt bikes and ATVs promoted him, police said. The bikes forced the man onto the right bank of the road, where many began to smash his car’s glass, officials said.

The victim was then able to drive toward Storro Drive, trying to get to the police station for help. But then dirt bikes and ATV riders followed him and started kicking and punching Buick again.

In an attempt to escape, the victim took the Cambridge Street off-ramp from the Double Tree Hotel in Allston, but the traffic caused him to stop, police said. When he rolled down his window to ask for help, a rider followed him and started punching through the window, police said. Others reportedly kicked his car and threw a piece of pipe into the back window of the car. Another threw a huge rock through the car window.

Eventually, the 82-year-old man turned onto Cambridge Street in Allston, turned into Joe’s Quick Market, exited his car and fell to the ground. Boston EMS responded and transported him to St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

“He’s still sore and swollen. He’s still in a lot of pain, but he’s getting stronger and improving every day,” his daughter told NBC 10. “The hardest thing for us is to get our head around that there are people out there. It’s violent, angry, careless.”

It is reported that the family does not know why the person was attacked or what the purpose of the rider was. Police are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact police at 617-727-8817.


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