NEW YORK (PIX11) – A father is beaten and slashed in front of his family and an avid motorcycle rider and aspiring rapper is in the hospital in a medically-induced coma.
With so much video of the incident public already – it is possible that, in court, what happened before the cameras began recording may become integral. The video that spread widely across the Internet after the fateful Sunday ride begins when biker Christopher Cruz rapidly decelerated in front of the SUV.
What happened later is already known — a fender bender led to dozens of bikers surrounding an SUV and threatening a father who fearfully accelerated — crushing one of the bikers — and driving until he was finally encircled and beaten by the same mob of motorcyclists.
At a Manhattan court house Wednesday, however, Cruz’s lawyer addressed the media claiming the fender bender was the first contact between them.
The driver told police that, fearing for his family he gunned it, but the question as the case moves towards trial is, can he prove that to the jury?
With a mob of motorcyclists surrounding him, many reasonable people feel driver Alexian Lien was threatened. In fact, the behavior of the motorcyclists beforehand prompted 200 calls to police — from running red lights and countless stop signs, to riding on the curb and gunning their engines until pedestrians said their ears hurt.
However, dozens of riders gathered outside St. Luke’s Hospital for injured biker Edwin Jay Mieses – whose legs were run over in the incident. They want 33-year-old Lien, the SUV driver, to be held responsible.
New information is emerging about the injured biker and his lengthy traffic violation record. In fact, Mieses never even had a license, somehow remaining on the streets despite getting 16 tickets in 14 years. He was deemed a habitual traffic offender who is not allowed a license until 2017. But his family says he was not responsible.
Then there’s Cruz, who set off a chain of events and may have escalated the one he caused — but his lawyer says he isn’t culpable because what happened after the fender bender was done by others.
Then there’s the guy who banged on the back window where Lien’s two-year-old was buckled in — he was arrested by the NYPD last night but the DA refused to prosecute him Wednesay and cut him loose.