It’s pretty scary. According to the NY Daily News, a large mass of about 30 motorcycle thugs were swerving in and out of traffic, and when they intentionally stopped short in front of his car, 33-year-old Alexian accidentally tapped one of them. He came to a stop as (he thought was) required by law, and when he did, they began attacking his car and slashing his tires. He then drove off, hitting a few of the cyclists in the process. The thugs followed him until he got stuck in traffic. Then they pulled him out of the car and beat him in front of his wife and 2-year-old daughter. They even slashed his face. One of the thugs videotaped the events leading up to the beating (not the beating itself) and posted it up on YouTube.
They caught some of the guys who did it, but it looks like most of them got away.
There ought to be some serious consequences for this kind of behavior. They didn’t kill Mr. Lien, but they’ve seriously damaged his life. They’ve traumatized his wife and child. I think some of these guys should get ten years to life for this. More here and (updated) here.
Here’s some good advice from the second Times article:
Leaving the scene of an accident can be justified if the driver feels threatened by a menacing mob, prosecutors said. “If you are being physically threatened, the law doesn’t contemplate that you have to remain at the scene,” said Maureen McCormick, a former vehicular crimes prosecutor in Brooklyn.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, just drive away. And if you feel threatened by teeming motorcycles, it’s probably best to use your SUV as a weapon. You have a right to defend your family.
Now some are saying that Lien maybe should have been carrying a gun. I actually don’t know if this would have made things better. First, I would bet that a lot of these bikers carry guns themselves. Starting a shooting war with them might not be a good idea. Guns tend to escalate things. Second, it’s hard to hit motorcycle riders while you’re driving. You could hurt innocent people. Third, law enforcement might not look kindly on a man shooting people from a car, even if they’re violent thugs. Even though Lien didn’t have a gun, it looks like the family of one of the cyclists who got hit by Lien’s SUV is thinking of litigation:
Dayana Mieses is now by her husband’s side in a New York hospital and she is furious with Lien.
“This man needs to know he hurt someone,” said Mieses. “That man paralyzed my husband. He needs to pay for what he did.”
If it turns out that Mieses was innocent (and I don’t know if he is), common sense would dictate that this woman should be suing the other biker instigators instead of Lien, but who knows? I’ve seen stranger things happen in court. I agree with this statement in the comment section:
I have thought about it…and the bikers got what was coming to them. When you ride in a pack, you assume the identity of the pack. You know why I stopped riding in packs? I got tired of the idiots who demanded attention from everyone. A quiet ride through town becomes a circus when a few bozos decide there should be a burnout contest at every stoplight and a wheelie contest between stoplights. Helmet/tank cams just make it worse because the same idiots can show off to a million people instead on a dozen. In this instance, the footage exonerates the guy in the Rover.
It’s sad that there may be innocent victims, but when you hang out with a certain crew that behaves a certain way, you need to expect that things might not always turn out for the best. Choose your friends wisely.