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New York SUV driver's wife says family was in 'grave danger'

By Colleen Long

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:03 p.m. HST, Oct 03, 2013

NEW YORK » The driver of an SUV involved in a bloody weekend confrontation with a throng of motorcyclists was put in grave danger and feared for the life of his family when he drove through the crowd, striking a biker on the street, his wife said today.

Rosalyn Ng said in a statement that she and her husband, Alexian Lien, had been planning to celebrate their wedding anniversary with their 2-year-old daughter on Sunday afternoon, but instead they were swarmed by a motorcycle rally on Manhattan's West Side Highway.

Dozens of bikers rode alongside the couple's black Range Rover until a biker slowed down and bumped it. Video captured at the scene shows the SUV surrounded by dozens of helmeted riders. One approached the vehicle and peers into the driver's side window. Police said others tried to damage the SUV before Lien takes off, plowing over a rider. The bikers give chase and Lien is eventually stopped, pulled from the SUV and beaten, police said. He required stitches.

"We were faced with a life-threatening situation, and my husband was forced under the circumstances to take the actions that he did in order to protect the lives of our entire family," Ng said.

She said her family's sympathies went out to the injured rider, 32-year-old Edwin Mieses Jr., who broke both legs and suffered spinal injuries that may leave him paralyzed -- but there was no other option than to flee.

"Our fear for our lives was confirmed when the incident ended with the ruthless and brutal attack on my husband, me, and, most importantly, our 2-year-old child," Ng said. "We know in our hearts that we could not have done anything differently, and we believe that anyone faced with this sort of grave danger would have taken the same course of action in order to protect their family."

Mieses' friends and family held a rally for him Wednesday evening outside of St. Luke's-Roosevelt hospital and have said that the Lawrence, Mass.-resident, known as Jay Meezee, is the true victim. Jaime Reyes said his friend was doing well, all things considered.

"Hopefully I get to see him walk again and ride again and share special moments with him again," he said. "But for right now, we're all just praying for him and thinking positive that he's going to pull through and make it through this."

Mieses was recently arrested in Andover, Mass., for driving with a revoked license. According to police and records with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Mieses hasn't had a valid license or permit to drive in the state since 1999. He also never applied for a motorcycle license.

The records show that in June he was named a habitual offender and his right to drive in the state was revoked until 2017. It isn't clear if he had been licensed in any other state. His attorney had no comment.

Mieses and the others seen on the video were participating in a periodic rally in which more than 1,000 bikers head for Times Square, police have said. There were dozens of calls about reckless driving, 15 other arrests and 55 motorcycles confiscated.

The Manhattan district attorney's office has charged one rider, 28-year-old Christopher Cruz, of Passaic, N.J., with unlawful imprisonment and reckless driving while authorities continue to search for other cyclists.

Investigators and prosecutors, who held off charging another person, are tracking down and talking to dozens of helmet-clad motorcyclists seen in the video, which was posted online. The video shows only the chase and Lien's window getting smashed; the assault is not captured.

Associated Press video journalist Ted Shaffrey and writer Mark Pratt in Boston contributed to this report.

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Mythman wrote:
We are to infer this is a racial thing or what?
on October 3,2013 | 09:52AM
inverse wrote:
No. The goal of the riders where to create a running road block so they could stunt along the highway such as long wheelie runs and have it filmed to be posted on YouTube. The Range Rover driven by Lien was the last car they needed to hold back and allow all other riders to move up in front while keeping Lien behind. One rider, I think it was Mieses was the one who abruptly cut in front of Lien and then slammed on his brakes, figuring Lien would have no choice but to stop in front of him. Unfortunately Lien hit the rider who abruptly stopped in front of his Range Rover and then all the other riders wanted to take out revenge against Lien, regardless that he was Asian and the riders were mostly Black or Hispanic. Lien and his wife stopped immediately after hitting the rider but by then the other riders were slashing Liens tires, pounding on his car and threatening their lives. Lien and his wife got back in the SUV, and hit more riders who stopped right in front of the SUV hoping to block Lien in. Lien mistake was to get off the highway where he got stuck in traffic and then they bashed in the window, dragged him out and beat him up, including slashing his face. I read comments from other sites and what Lien should have done, even though his tires was slashed and he would have further damaged his SUV, was to drive to the nearby bridge which is manned by police officers. With officers nearby the riders would have no choice but to have back off. The other option, although illegal, would have been to carry a Glock or other preferred semi automatic pistol in his car. I don't want to say these punk riders got what they deserve, but they go what they deserve. The have been Hawaii rider groups that have done something similar on Oahu highways but HPD have been responsive and eventually riders in the group end up killing themselves on Oahu's highways and then they tend to stop pulling that kind of cr & p.
on October 3,2013 | 11:24AM
sailfish1 wrote:
How do you know what those bikers were doing? It could have been a hate crime - the family in the SUV is Asian driving a so-called luxury SUV (Range Rover) which could have prompted jealous rage from the black bikers.
on October 3,2013 | 03:48PM
inverse's comments sound very reasonable, and unfortunately, the Lien misread what the cyclists were doing and many people I would imagine would have done the same thing to protect the family.
on October 3,2013 | 05:58PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
why do you ask such a s s i n i n e questions? NO. You are NOT to infer such a thing. Gawd, get out of the early 19th century.
on October 3,2013 | 12:07PM
sailfish1 wrote:
What do you know? Have some manners when commenting.
on October 3,2013 | 03:52PM
egghead wrote:
...he should have remembered he had a reverse gear too...
on October 3,2013 | 10:02AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
And what would he have done by putting his SUV in reserse? He was surrounded.
on October 3,2013 | 10:39AM
pueouhane wrote:
Reverse is better, you run over more bikes...unintentionally.
on October 3,2013 | 08:20PM
Jonas wrote:
Maybe the motorcycle punks got what they deserved.
on October 3,2013 | 10:10AM
Morimoto wrote:
Hopefully the biker is paralyzed for life, then maybe he can reflect and think about why he and his fellow thugs decided to terrorize a family just going about their business.
on October 3,2013 | 10:42AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
It is outrageous that the criminal that was run over is getting a rally of support. What has our country become? How would they feel if the family in the SUV was theirs? Supporters of criminal behavior? The so-called "victim" was found to be a habitual offender who had no business being on a motorcycle. He should be put in prison along with the other offenders for a long time. With time we will find out what exactly transpired during that incident. There may have been words exchanged but to take violent action is inexcusable. It is a really sad statement of our society when people come to rally for someone involved in a heinous crime.
on October 3,2013 | 10:45AM
Sunny wrote:
Fully agree with you!
on October 3,2013 | 11:19AM
stingray65 wrote:
The bottom line is, there is no consequences at all!! No respect for others and most of all, do not have respect for the law.. I hope that one with broken legs will remain as is for the rest of his natural life.. I would do the same thing or maybe worst.. Driving that SUV, I would run over as much as I can..to save my life and my family.
on October 3,2013 | 11:30AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
it's only his own loser friends who are rallying for him.
on October 3,2013 | 12:07PM
Waokanaka wrote:
Screw those idiot bikers, the guy got what he deserved. Paralyzed for life will make the other bike riders think about pulling another stupid stunt on their bikes. Just because they had an overwhelming number surrounding the car doesn't give them the right to harass the SUV. Then, the dumbsh_t slows down to get run over ?? Who's fault is that ?? The driver of the SUV was in such a state of panic, he gunned his engine and took another guy out. He should have called 911 and driven off until the police showed up. If the bikers continued to harass him while he was moving, well, I've never seen a motorcycle win a collision contest with a car. The only thing good was only a couple people were hurt, when it could have ended up way worse if the SUV driver decided to run them all over !!!
on October 3,2013 | 10:48AM
nitpikker wrote:
i feel a majority of bikers are a******s. i know bikers always like to cite that many of them are doctors, lawyers, businessmen, etc. upstanding citizens? but they can't be a******s too? especially lawyers and bisinessmen...
on October 3,2013 | 12:11PM
zhawaii wrote:
Those bikers messed with the wrong family and now they are trying to play the victim role. None of this would have happened if they just left that family alone and were responsible bikers. I feel for the family in the SUV as they will have those images in there brains forever.
on October 3,2013 | 01:27PM
medigogo wrote:
He's a victim not of the one who ran over him, but of the guy who lent him the motorcycle. That guy should be liable for this mess. If he has no license in the past 14 years, he could have owned that bike.
on October 3,2013 | 02:44PM
jsoshi wrote:
Have you experienced this situation? Fearing for your life? Your family's? You would do Anything to save them.
on October 3,2013 | 03:09PM
Graham wrote:
Question: Why when they got stuck in traffic didn't other people at the scene help??? Have we Americans become WIMPS???
on October 3,2013 | 03:34PM
false wrote:
Graham: If you were in your car or a bystander, would you have given a hand to that family in the SUV while many motorcycle riders were surrounding the vehicle while his car window was being bashed in? It's not whether Americans have become WIMPS. Sometimes in a situation like that, there is no alternative but to mind your own business instead of getting beat up by a bunch of hoods, while trying to be a good samaritan. Luckily, the driver didn't have a gun in his vehicle, otherwise the guy that was bashing his window would be dead from a gun shot due to self defense. In this day and age, it is wise for people not to attempt to bash on a person's vehicle because of road rage. You never know who will be carrying a gun in their vehicle and use it because of situations like this. Using common sense, making right choices and minding your own business will keep people out of trouble.
on October 3,2013 | 05:13PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT false, you ARE a WIMP if you mind your own business when trouble arrives. Trouble happens even when making right choices and minding your own business. The least one must do is CALL 9-1-1!!!!! This reminds me of an incident at Pearl Ridge over 20 years ago. I was walking thru the parking lot with my 3 young children. Running directly towards me was a young Asian local. Closely in pursuit were two "mokes", one with a knife out. Asian guy stops, tells me they're gonna hurt his friend. I told him to call security. As soon as the Asian guy stopped near me, the "moke" halts maybe 50 feet away, puts his knife away, makes the classic "throat slash" towards us, then walks away. Asian guy walks away, I tell my kids we're going to call security. "But why, Daddy?" asked my terrified 9 year-old girl. "Because it's the right thing to do" I said. "Besides, the bad guys don't know we're headed for security". Inside the mall, I say security officers headed my way. "They went that-a-way, officer" I said. IRT false, I always knew you were a WIMP. Hey, I'm toasting you with my State paycheck tomorrow!
on October 3,2013 | 08:46PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT Graham, I truly believe other motorists would help, call 9-1-1 and VIDEO!!!!! the massive assault. Not all people are spineless wimps like false(the poster) who mind their own business and avoid trouble. Using commonsense, making right choices and minding your own business will NOT ALWAYS!!! keep people out of trouble.Bikers would not have been as brave with witnesses and people who would assist. However, when in panic, the driver mainly wanted to flee, even with slashed tires. You can't blame him for veering off. Thank God he wasn't killed. The bikes should be charged with first degree assault, terroristic threatening,etc.
on October 3,2013 | 08:55PM
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