Motorcyclist Sustains Spinal Cord Injury in Confrontation with Motorist
March 17, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys
In a previous post, we showcased a news story about a motorcycle club based in New York City who allegedly harassed and attacked a family in a Range Rover SUV. On Sunday, September 29th, motorcycle riders chased a family through the streets of upper Manhattan and brutally beat the driver, Alexian Lien, 33, of Manhattan, in front of his wife and 2 year old daughter. As many as 30 bikers, most of them riding sport bikes, pursued a family in their Range Rover SUV.
In the incident, one of the bikers, Edwin Mieses, was run over by Lien and sustained a spinal cord injury. The biker was run over after the group of riders forced Lien to stop by pulling in front of him. Lien then felt threatened and panicked, accelerating suddenly to escape the would-be attackers and running over Mieses in the process.
In a more recent news story, Mieses, who was permanently paralyzed from the waist down in the incident, has spoken out in a Today Show interview, saying he does not blame the driver of the SUV for his condition.
Mieses said he was riding motorcycles with three friends that day, but didn’t know anyone else in the large group. Mieses told Guthrie, “I actually came from Massachusetts for a ride, which I became aware of on the Internet.”
Mieses explained further:
“I was fully conscious for the whole entire thing. I got off my bike to check on (another rider). As soon as I saw that it wasn’t that serious, I was just telling guys to keep going because I didn’t really want to ruin the ride and besides that, we were in the middle of the highway. As soon as I turned around and started walking back towards my bike, that’s when I got ran over. As soon as he hit me, I shut my eyes. I didn’t want to open my eyes because I knew that he had hurt me.”
After Mieses was run over, a high-speed chase ensued as the other bikers caught up to the Range Rover, pulled Lien from the car and assaulted him. The incident was captured in a six-minute video from a motorcyclist’s helmet camera and posted online. During the confrontation, Lien’s terrified wife, Rosalyn Ng, called 911 four times in nine minutes. The attack on Lien was apparently broken up by bystanders moments before police arrived on the scene.