Motorcycle, ATV riders cause havoc on South Fla. roads

Wheelie-popping motorcyclists surprise drivers as they ride recklessly

By Ben Kennedy - Reporter , Associated Press

MIAMI - Groups of motorcycle and ATV daredevils took over the streets of Miami-Dade and Broward counties Monday.

Most of the riders were not wearing helmets and surprised drivers as they weaved through traffic northbound on Interstate 95. Some of the wheelie-popping motorcyclists were going well above the legal speed limit.

"Everybody was, I think, amazed at the amount of dirt bikes, ATVs and motorcycles," Miami police officer Freddie Burden said.

Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez said Dermarcus Robinson Dob was arrested. Shaporial Martin Dob and Jorge Sigala received citations.

There was a crash with injuries involving one of the riders and a car on the intersection of 16th Street and 32nd Avenue, Miami Fire Department Lt. Ignatius Carroll said.

Before the crash, the group -- heading westbound on the MacArthur Causeway -- included some modified fast bikes, known as "crotch rockets," which according to the Florida Highway Patrol are often involved in fatal crashes.

Before taking over I-95 northbound, some were recklessly driving on the wrong side of the road. Others were blocking roads and performing stunts.

The majority of the riders were males who appeared to be in their 20s. They were not afraid to brag on social media.

Chris Canseco shared a photo on Twitter of the large crowd in Miami-Dade County.

Riders from all over the country traveled to South Florida this weekend, as The Miami Beach Convention Center was hosting the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. It ended Sunday afternoon.

About 6 p.m., dozens stopped at a Sunoco gas station on Seventh Avenue and 153rd Street and got back on I-95 toward Broward County. Some drivers complained the riders were not stopping at red lights.

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The "Miami Bike Life" hash tag began to trend on social media in Miami on Monday night.

About 7:20 p.m., rapper Meek Mill acknowledged the "Miami Bike Life" stunts on Twitter, where he has more than 3 million followers.

"They all know I wish could b[e] there," Mill said.

Some Twitter users expressed concern over the safety of the bikers.

"I pray God watches over all of them boys on 95," Rejohan Perkins said on Twitter.

The procession of riders made its way along I-95, U.S. Highway 441, Northwest Seventh Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.

Miami Police Department Maj. Delrish Moss told Local 10 News that law enforcement was monitoring the group.

Sanchez said giving chase to the riders would have jeopardized the safety of other drivers.

Miami-Dade police Deputy Director Juan Perez said his officers were willing to meet with the riders to discuss how to better convey their message.

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