Three bikers indicted in vicious beating as all maintain innocence

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NEW YORK (CNN) — Three bikers have been indicted in connection with a well-publicized clash with a New York SUV driver, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said Friday.

Craig Wright, 29, and Reginald Chance, 37, were indicted Friday, according to the district attorney’s office. A third man, Robert Sims, 35, was indicted on Thursday, it said.

Authorities say Alexander Lien was chased by bikers after he initially bumped one during a biker rally on September 29. When his SUV was surrounded by several bikers, Lien called 9-1-1, told police he feared for his life and drove off, running over bikers and critically injuring one.

Lien’s wife and 2-year-old daughter were in the vehicle with him. Lien has not been charged.

The chase that followed ended in traffic. Police say Lien’s windows were smashed; he was dragged out of the SUV and beaten. He was treated and released from a hospital.

Officials did not detail the formal charges against the three men. In New York, charges in an indictment are not announced until defendants have been arraigned and can enter a plea.

Chance was accused of using his helmet to smash the SUV window, according to police. The lawyer for Chance concedes his client “overreacted,” but claims he did not take part in beating the driver.

Authorities arrested Wright for allegedly hitting the SUV driver through the window of his vehicle.

Sims was accused of stomping on the driver after he was pulled from his SUV, authorities said.

Wright, Chance and Sims are scheduled to be arraigned on October 30, according to the district attorney’s office.

Authorities, who have appealed for the public’s help in identifying people in photos, haven’t ruled out more arrests or charges.

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