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 Thursday.
Rosalyn Ng said in a statement that she and her husband, Alexian Lien, were planning to celebrate their wedding anniversary Sunday afternoon with their 2-year-old daughter, but instead 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 the vehicles bumped, police said. Video captured at the scene shows the SUV surrounded by dozens of helmeted riders. One approaches the vehicle and peers into the driver's 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.
One motorcyclist was charged with unlawful imprisonment and reckless driving. Authorities are searching for other cyclists.
Mieses' friends and family held a rally for him Wednesday outside of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and have said the Lawrence, Mass.-resident is the true victim.
Mieses and the others 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.