Police are investigating the brutal assault on a motorcyclist in Melbourne in the early hours of this morning.
Key points:The motorcyclists injuries include serious and life-threatening injuriesThe victim’s friend is also believed to have been injuredThe victim has been released from hospital but is in a stable conditionPolice are investigating whether the attack was racially motivatedThe man who was beaten to death by a motorbike rider has been named locally as the 27-year-old victim.
Police say the victim, whose name has not been released, was attacked by a man riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on King Street in Melbourne at about 6:30am (AEST).
He was walking along King Street when the attacker suddenly swerved, striking him on the right side of the head and causing serious injuries to his face and neck.
The man was then assaulted by a second rider who struck him in the head, neck and arm.
The motorbike ride-off was caught on video by a bystander.
“There were a lot of people on the road,” Melbourne Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Laidlaw said.
“They were just walking, just cruising.
They were just enjoying the moment, just enjoying themselves.”
Witnesses said the rider in the second bike ride-over was described as a white man, in his early 20s, wearing a white T-shirt, dark blue jeans and white boots.
“He was in his mid-30s,” he said.
“He was wearing a dark jumper.
I don’t know if it was black or white.”
The motorist was rushed to hospital in critical condition.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
He was in a serious condition but stable.
He was described by his friend as a “nice young guy” who worked at a gym in the city.
“His wife was working in the gym and he was the guy who rode the Harley,” the friend said.
Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward to help the investigation.
“We’ve got a lot to do here, we’ve got to catch the culprit,” Deputy Commissioner Laidlaws said.
Anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or through the Crime Stops app.
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