A man has died two weeks after his car was surrounded by 30 ATVs in an assault and carjacking following a fender bender.
Officials say that at around 10 p.m. on Nov. 4, 45-year-old Arthur Cooke was driving his Mercedes near East 125 Street, when he was suddenly surrounded by more than two dozen ATVs and dirt bikes.
One person hit Cooke’s passenger side mirror, and when he pulled over to check the damage to his car, an argument broke out between Cooke and the bikers.
Several members of the group surrounded and attacked Cooke, who was allegedly on a date with his significant other at the time, according to a GoFundMe page.
At least one person pull a gun on him before a man, who is not believed to be involved in the beating, reportedly drove off from the scene in Cooke’s luxury car.
He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries weeks later, officials said.
Cooke’s death has been deemed a homicide as the investigation continues.
Dirt bikes and ATVs are illegal to drive on city streets. They are unregistered, their drivers are unlicensed and uninsured. And for many New Yorkers, they contribute to a feeling of lawlessness in the city.