New York (CBS New York) -On Tuesday, a man and his mother were on their way to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The cyclist jumped into the SUV, beat the window, and yelled to get them out of the car.
Surveillance video shows the wild scenery of Midtown.
Hazel Sanchez of CBS2 spoke to the driver, who said he was not sleeping and his mother was severely injured by the mob attack on Tuesday. Both of them thought their lives were over.
As the picture shows, it was a frightening afternoon scene. A group of young cyclists gathered around an SUV, and when the driver fell into fear, they threw their bodies and bicycles onto the vehicle.
After a person jumped onto the hood and smashed the windshield, the attacker finally retreated.
Max Torgovnick in the Upper East Side is behind the steering wheel of that car.
“When he smashed the glass, my biggest worry was that they would get in the car and pull me out, and I might be killed,”
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Torgovnick said that the confrontation began when he and his 74-year-old mother drove to Fifth Avenue on East 22nd Street in a BMW SUV. He said dozens of cyclists gathered around his SUV, clutching the car for a drive.
Torgovnick said: “Someone was following a bicycle behind the car and he hit the back seat. That’s the reason for everything.” “Everyone walked off the bicycle, hit the glass, hit the hood, Screamed,’Get out of the car! Roll down the window!'”
“Before I knew it, my mother was crying. She yelled to the 911 operator: “Help! Send help! We are dying. They are going to kill us,'” he added.
Torgovnick said he stopped the car and parked it in the park, worried that any movement might hurt people outside or increase violence.
“Until they started jumping on the windshield and smashing the glass, and then when the glass rained on us, I saw an opening, and then I said:’I need to get out of here. I need to protect my mother now. It’s the point of self-defense. This is life and death,” Torgovnick said.
The police released still images of some cyclists they were looking for.
“As a New Yorker, I have lived here for 36 years. I feel I have the right to get answers from this city, including what allows this to happen, and what they will do to ensure that it does not happen again to others.” Torgovnick said.
The police believe that the cyclist they are looking for is a teenager. A security guard working nearby said that cyclists had caused trouble in the area.