Road rage terrifies
AJAY BHARDWAJ, EDMONTON SUN
Two Edmonton motorcyclists feared they would die on a city street after being knifed - one a dozen times - in a horrific road-rage attack. "We were talking about it afterwards and we both felt we were going to die," said the 21-year-old victim who suffered two stab wounds in the 3:20 a.m. Saturday knifings that left his buddy, also 21, with a punctured lung and a fractured rib.
The men, too afraid to be identified, were on a motorcycle heading south on 50 Street after playing cards with friends when a black Acura Integra blew by them at 38 Avenue.
Then, the bikers say, the Acura slowed, allowing them to pass, and switched into the same lane, tailing them closely. It then suddenly lurched past them and cut them off before stopping at a red light at 23 Avenue.
When four men in the car started hollering at them and one appeared to be getting out of the Acura, the passenger stepped off the bike.
"It was just an instinctive thing," he said. "I kicked the door shut."
But that move enraged the four men, who then sprang out of the car ready to battle.
"The driver punched me through the visor of the helmet," said the passenger.
"He made my nose bleed.
"I was dazed."
The assailants - most appeared to be white and none were familiar to the motorcyclists - then punched the bike passenger in the chest, tripped and stomped him, he said.
He was finally rolled over onto his chest and the Acura driver slammed him twice in the back with a knife.
"It felt like they were punching me."
By then the driver of the motorcycle was also off the bike in an attempt to help his buddy. "They kicked him twice in the groin and before he went to the ground, the (Acura) driver caught his head," putting him in a headlock.
"These guys looked like they'd done this before," said the passenger, adding the Acura driver then swiftly threw a series of blows with the knife into his friend's body.
"This guy looked like he was jacked up. I've never seen anyone move that fast before. He was like Superman."
His buddy suffered 12 stab wounds, 10 to his back, one to his right arm and one to his left shoulder.
"I'm really lucky I was wearing my leather jacket because it's padded," said the bike driver, now out of hospital.
The men then jumped into the car and sped away.
Two people, who happened to be friends of the victims, stopped at the bloody scene and called for help.
Paramedics raced both men to the University hospital.
Two girls were in the Acura and watched the attack.
Police have since identified the 23-year-old driver of the Acura and are trying to track him down.