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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Brazilian bike attacker: central banker on trial for attempted murder (Video)

By Melissa Bell
bike safety
Niki Khan/The Washington Post

The Brazilian "Critical Mass" event kicked off with good will, laughter and singing. Hundreds of bikers gathered to ride through the city streets raising awareness that bikes deserved their fair share of the road. The event ended with attempted murder.

In a stomach-churning video, the happy bicycling crew transforms into a screaming, wailing mass after a black car plows through the crowd with bodies and bikes richocheting off the hood.

The driver, 47-year old Ricardo José Neis, who works for the Brazilian central bank, has been arrested and placed under psychiatric care. He is being charged with attempted murder. Neis's lawyer told the Brazilian newspaper Zero Hora that he felt threatened by the bikers and acted in self defense.

The bikers were miraculously not killed, though, as a biker, it is really hard to watch the video: