Motorcyclists assault driver in downtown Riverside, police say
By Gail Wesson
A driver was assaulted by a group of motorcyclists who apparently followed him off the 91 Freeway into downtown Riverside on Sunday afternoon, according to a police report.
The victim, who was not identified by name, was treated for injuries at the scene of the assault on Mission Inn Avenue, which was reported about 1 p.m., Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback said.
It’s not clear what may have happened on the freeway prior to the assault.
Just prior, the California Highway Patrol alerted police that “they were getting reports of large numbers of motorcyclists on the freeway headed toward Riverside,” Railsback said. The number was estimated at about 200 motorcyclists.
The vehicle driver got off the freeway at Mission Inn Avenue and may have been involved in a crash before stopping and getting out of the car, Railsback said. That’s when the driver was beaten up.
The motorcyclists were gone by the time Riverside police and fire and the CHP arrived and found the victim on the ground with his face bleeding, Railsback said.
There have been a number of reports in recent years of motorcyclists, numbering 100 or more, slowing on area freeways, causing traffic to back up and then doing wheelies and other stunts in the lanes. When law enforcement arrives, they split up, sometimes assembling again on other freeways.
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