(There’s a graphic video of the actual attack available here.)
A lot of critics of group bicycle rides, especially Critical Mass, like to claim that they’d like nothing more than to drive through it in their SUV’s. Apparently one maniac in Brazil decided to give that a try.
At last Friday’s Porto Alegre Critical Mass, the driver of a Black Volkswagon Gulf plowed through a group of 130 masser. Fifty cyclists were hit. Two are in critical condition as of Saturday night. Following the assault, the driver of the Golf ditched the weapon and fled on foot from the unmarked car. The police identified Ricardo José Neis as the lead suspect.
The above video shows the aftermath of the attack. The translation of what the narrator says can be found on the You Tube website:
“I am here at the Critical Mass ride. A car just ran over with the entire critical mass ride. At full speed! A black VW Golf. He hit everybody!! Are you seeing this?!
What a horrible thing… oh my GOD. Someone call the police, call the ambulance
Police! Call the Police!! The Ambulance!
Everyone is scared, son.
A car hit the whole, entire Critical Mass ride!! At full speed.
Voice: What’s going on?
This is the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen! I cannot believe”
Say what you want about the LAPD’s role in Critical Mass, but such an attack here on the 4th Friday of the month is unthinkable. There were no major incidents reported at Friday’s ride in Los Angeles.