An annual ride of motorcyclists last month travelling en masse along the West Side Highway to Times Square, New York, resulted in disaster and carnage following an outburst of road rage. As Time News reported, on Sunday afternoon 33-year-old Alexian Lien was driving on the Highway in his Range Rover with his wife and young child, and allegedly accidentally knocked into a motorbike in front of him, breaking his leg, without stopping. A camera attached to a motorcyclist’s helmet recorded the ensuing chaos that followed; motorcyclists attempted to stop the car by positioning their bikes in front of it, forcing it to a standstill. According to CBS News, Lien stepped out of his vehicle to confront the bikers, while several bikers began to slash Lien’s tyres and make dents on his car using their helmets. At this point, Lien stepped back into the car and put his foot to the accelerator to escape the angered mob and in doing so, ran over biker Edwin Mieses who is now reportedly permanently paralysed from the waist down.
The high speed chase continued until traffic in Manhattan forced the car to stop. The video footage shows a biker removing his helmet and smashing the driver’s seat window with it, before he and other motorcyclists forcibly remove Lien from his car. The NY Post reports Lien was then “beaten to a pulp” before he was taken to a nearby hospital where he received stitches and has since been released. Biker Christopher Crus was arrested and has been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of the child and menacing, while the biker who is suspected of smashing the SUV’s windshield has not yet been charged.
As Police Commissioner Ray Kelley stated at a press conference on Monday, to prevent the mob from entering mid-city Manhattan as they had done last year, police check points were set up, which saw 15 arrests being made and 55 motorcycles being confiscated. Kelly also reported that over two hundred people had complained of the bikers’ reckless driving on the city streets on Sunday. Lien had called the police to report the bikers’ “erratic driving” prior to the high-speed chase, however the incident highlights the need for drivers in threatening situations to not confront the offender, and to keep vehicle doors locked at all times.