The New York Biker Hit by an SUV in That Motorcycle Gang Incident is Paralyzed
You may have seen the video of the confrontation between a mob of motorcycles and an SUV in New York. The incident was captured on a helmet-mounted camera worn by another rider, and posted online anonymously.
Police say the SUV driver was frightened when the motorcyclists swarmed his Range Rover, the 33 year old SUV driver eventually plowed through the bikers, running over one of the them. That biker is Edwin Mieses Jr., his wife Dayana Meises told reporters, her husband suffered broken legs and spine injuries, and is paralyzed.
Dayana Mieses said, the bikers have been portrayed as villains who ambushed an innocent man driving his family. But she said her husband is the victim. Mieses was part of an unauthorized motorcycle rally on Manhattan's West Side Highway.
The driver of the SUV, Alexian Lien, 33, who was eventually pulled from his vehicle and beaten, was taken to a hospital where he needed stitches for his face. His wife and 2-year-old were not injured. He has not been charged.
On Tuesday, police arrested the biker they say was involved in the initial accident. Christopher Cruz, of Passaic, N.J., was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing.
A second suspect — Allen Edwards, 42, of Queens — believed to be the man seen on video striking the Range Rover windows with his fists, surrendered to police on Tuesday. He was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and menacing.