Im not blaming the victim. Im saying poor choices were made in the moment. Critical thinking skills are as important as riding skills in some areas.
BTW, I commuted/carried through Riviera Beach in FL for two years. FL's version of Oakland. If you gave hand signals to turn, you risked getting thumped. Really, ask me how I know . . . Sometimes you have to swallow your pride and just ride on. The close pass/and driver waiting at a green light would have been enough for me to turn off right then. Do you think that if those guys just turned off instead engaging someone who made it clear he was looking for a confrontation, the outcome would have been the same?