The wife of the man chased and brutally beaten by a gang of bikers on the West Side Highway has released a statement, saying her husband was forced to run over one of the bikers, who now lays in a coma with a broken spine.
Rosalyn Ng, wife of Alexian Lien, said in the statement released through the families lawyers, “Our sympathies go out to the injured motorcyclist and his family. However, 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. 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 two-year-old child. 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.”
Lien was out with his wife and two-year-old daughter to celebrate their wedding anniversary when he accidentally bumped the back of one of the biker’s motorcycles as the mob of over 20 bikers overtook the road on the West Side Highway. When Lien stopped his Range Rover, the mob began to beat the car and slash the tires, prompting Lien to flee, running over Edwin Jay Mieses. Mieses is currently in the hospital in a medically induced coma and his family says he will never walk again.
The bikers chased the family through Washington Heights, where they eventually dragged Lien out of the car and beat him on the street.
The statement goes on to say, ““We would like to thank the brave citizens who risked their own safety to intervene on our behalf. They truly helped save our lives and prevented my husband from suffering further injury. We also appreciate and are moved by the outpouring of love and support so many have expressed here in New York and around the country. We would ask that the public and the media to respect our privacy at this difficult time and allow my husband to recover from his injuries. From here on forward we would ask that any further inquiries regarding this unfortunate incident be directed to our lawyers Nicholas J. Massimo and Frank C. Panetta.”
Christopher Cruz, the biker believed to have sparked the entire melee, is out on $1,500 bail and is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless driving. Another biker, Allen Edwards, turned himself in but the Manhattan DA has declined to charge him in the incident.