BOSTON (CBS) – An 82-year-old man was surrounded and assaulted by a group of people riding dirt bikes and ATVs in Boston last Thursday. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
The victim, Richard Bell of Brookline, suffered serious injuries and is in the hospital. He is expected to survive.
State Police said the man was driving his 1996 Buick Century from Park Drive to Boylston Street when 30 to 40 dirt bike and ATV riders forced him onto the curb. Several of the suspects then began smashing windows of the victim’s car.
Police said the group followed Bell from Boylston Street to Storrow Drive, where he tried to get off an exit in Allston. The group then surrounded and attacked him.
“He put his window down to ask occupants of another car to call 911,” State Police said. “While the victim’s car window was down, one of the riders, a male, approached him on foot and began punching the victim through the open window.”
The suspects also threw a piece of pipe and a large rock through windows of the car.
Bell was able to get to a convenience store in Allston where Boston EMS responded and transported him to the hospital.
Bell’s granddaughter told WBZ-TV on Wednesday that he will still be in the hospital for Thanksgiving. She also stated that she felt it could have been a lot worse.
“He recently went under a pretty serious heart surgery, and one punch to the heart have landed him in a casket instead of a hospital bed, and so that’s really upsetting to think about,” she said.
Police released surveillance video of the group of riders but not the attack. Anyone who witnessed the attack or has photos or videos is asked to contact State Police.