Wife: Spouse acted out of fear when SUV hit biker
NEW YORK — The SUV driver involved in a bloody weekend confrontation with a throng of motorcyclists was put in grave danger and feared for his wife's and daughter's lives when he drove through the crowd, striking a biker, his wife said on Thursday.
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.
Dozens of bikers rode alongside the couple's black Range Rover until a biker slowed down and the vehicle was bumped, police said. Video captured at the scene shows the SUV surrounded by dozens of helmeted riders. One biker approached the vehicle and peered into the driver's side window. Police said others tried to damage the SUV before Lien took off, plowing over a rider. The bikers gave chase, and Lien eventually was stopped, pulled from the SUV and beaten, police said.
“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 could leave him paralyzed — but there was no other option than to flee.
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