NYC man dies after dozens of bikers on ATVs beat him during road rage attack
Additionally, another man who wasn’t involved in the assault got into Cooke’s luxury car and drove off
November 24, 2022 4:05am
Updated: November 24, 2022 11:17am
A man died two weeks after more than two dozen bikers on ATVs and dirt bikes beat him during a road rage incident in Harlem, police said on Wednesday.
On November 4, Arthur Cooke, 45, was driving on East 125th Street and Fifth Avenue at around 10 p.m. when around 30 ATVs and dirt bikers surrounded him.
One of the bikers hit Cooke’s passenger-side mirror, prompting him to step out of the car to inspect the damage. As soon as Cooke got out of his car, the bikers started beating him, police said. One of the bikers also pointed a gun at Cooke.
Additionally, another man who wasn’t involved in the assault got into Cooke’s luxury car and drove off, police added.
Cooke was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he was placed in the intensive care unit. He passed away from his injuries on Friday.
Police have deemed the incident as a homicide. However, no arrests have been made.
Cooke was “on a date with his significant other” when he was attacked, according to a GoFundMe page set up for him while he was at the hospital.
According to New York law, it is illegal to drive dirt bikes and ATVs, which are unregistered and the drivers are unlicensed and uninsured. Police have been cracking down on the lawless drivers in recent months, seizing many of them.
"We've seized 9,750 dirt bikes and ATVs this year, it's an incredible number and yet it doesn't seem like it made a dent, they are still out there and we continue to round them up, each and every weekend," said NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey.