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Like 'Mad Max': Watch NYC bikers chase family's SUV

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  • Bikers swarm and attack an SUV Sunday in New York City
  • Much of incident was captured by helmet camera & posted online
  • Driver was pulled from SUV and beaten; wife, daughter in vehicle were unharmed

Someone online described it "like a scene from Mad Max." A swarm of bikers surrounded an SUV on Manhattan's West Side Highway Sunday, attacking the vehicle after a car accident.

The incident appears to have begun when a motorcyclist cut in front of the SUV and slowed down. The SUV appeared to hit one of the bikers. When the SUV pulled over, other members of the motorcycle group, known as the "Hollywood Stuntz," surrounded the vehicle and began attacking it, slashing the tires.

The SUV had a family of three inside: a mother, father and 2-year-old daughter. The wife called 911 as the father drove away, running over several bikes in the process. That's when the pursuit began.

It ended when the SUV pulled off the highway and was stuck in traffic. Several of the bikers beat in the driver's side window of the SUV and pulled the driver out, beating and slashing him.

One of the bikers who was hit by the SUV was 28-year-old Christopher Cruz. He's been arrested on several charges, including reckless endangerment, reckless driving and endangering a child. The New York Police Department says it is reviewing the video to find others who were responsible.

The Hollywood Stuntz have been in trouble with the law before. Last year, dozens got ticketed after more than 1,000 bikes filled Times Square, gridlocking traffic in the city. Participants in this year's incident told The New York Times it was a "loosely organized" event for biker groups to come together and celebrate the end of the summer riding season.

The NYPD says it was prepared for the event this year, with checkpoints and extra officers out on patrol.

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