A Rhode Island mother was dragged out of her car and beaten on the street in front of her young daughter – just for honking a group of bikers blocking the road, according to police and a heartbreaking video of the attack.
The unidentified 35-year-old was driving with her 8-year-old daughter on Tuesday when she honked the horn at bikers and ATV riders who “ignored two full cycles of traffic lights,” WLNE said, citing a police report.
As she drove off, she was chased and “surrounded by a large group of ATVs and dirt bikes,” according to the report.
Several members of the group jumped off their rides and opened the mother’s door, dragged her out of her car and beat her on the street while her daughter watched, according to the report.
Video of the attack shows a woman kneeling in the street as someone grabs her by the hair and hits her repeatedly.
The woman, dressed in blue shorts, is surrounded by other attackers and almost appears to have her top ripped off as she lost a shoe while struggling to fend off the attackers, who threw her to the ground.
It was not immediately clear how badly injured she was in what Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza damned as “a horrible incident.”
City Councilor David Salvatore also condemned the attack, telling WLNE: “A woman driving her car with her baby shouldn’t have to worry about brutal physical abuse.”
Police arrested 24-year-old Shyanne Boisvert on Thursday and charged her with assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the attack, WPRI said.
She was arrested Friday morning on both counts of misdemeanor and ordered not to contact the victim, the newspaper said.
Boisvert was ordered to be held without bail for violating her parole in a January case also involving her blocking traffic on her bicycle – with her pushing a cop who tried to intervene, the outlet said.
She was sentenced to one year of probation and 20 hours of community service in the case, according to reports.
Mayor Elorza insisted that the city “will continue to devote all our available resources to removing these illegal ATVs from our streets and bringing those responsible to justice.”
“Our police department has seized and destroyed over 200 bicycles and we will continue to stop and arrest people who use these bicycles illegally,” he said.