Gloria Allred, family of injured biker Edwin Mieses speak out

edwin jay mieses injure biker from west side highway suv assault lawrence massachusetts
Edwin Mieses was run over last week by an SUV on the West Side Highway. His attorney, Gloria Allred, says he was actually trying to help the SUV driver.

The family of Edwin Mieses, the biker injured in the West Side Highway altercation last weekend, is finally speaking out — and they insist their loved one has been unfairly maligned in the public eye.

The family has retained famed attorney Gloria Allred as their lawyer, and on Friday, Allred called a press conference to provide the “true facts” about what happened last Sunday when a mob of bikers attacked Alexian Lien.

Lien was driving in an SUV on the West Side Highway when he was surrounded by a crowd of bikers. The incident was caught on video: One biker can be seen veering in front of the SUV and slowing down, while turned around and staring at the SUV. Authorities have identified this person as Christopher Cruz. Cruz appeared in court Friday morning; the Manhattan District Attorney is pursuing criminal charges of reckless endangerment against him.

According to Allred, Mieses had in fact pulled over after seeing the SUV make impact with the bike, with the intention of defusing what was evidently escalating into a hostile situation.

Concerned for the safety of the driver, Allred said, and wary of an emotionally charged situation turning violent as other angry bikers stopped around the SUV, Mieses reportedly attempted to coax the other bikers into getting back on their bikes and continuing their ride.

Allred said Mieses’ back was turned to the SUV when Lien “gunned the motor” and plowed into him.

She directed the public to review the video of the encounter and “watch that huge vehicle blast off and watch it as it is lifted several feet off the ground as it rolls over Edwin Mieses.”

Allred said to her knowledge, Lien gave no warning and did not honk the car’s horn to alert the people in front of him, including Mieses, before he tore off.

Lien’s wife has said in a statement that she and her husband feared for their lives as the angry bikers approached their stopped SUV. Their 2-year-old daughter was in the car with them at the time.

Allred emphasized repeatedly that Mieses was also a father: He lives with his longtime partner of almost 17 years, Dayana Mejia, and their two daughters in Lawrence, Mass.

Mejia described Mieses as a loving partner and an exceptional father. She said Mieses picks their daughters up from school every day and spends every afternoon with them.

Mieses was woken from a medically induced coma two days ago, but Allred said he is still in a great deal of pain and doctors still don’t know if Mieses will ever be able to walk again. His spine was broken in two places and he was left with several broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a torn aortic valve.

Mejia and Allred both acknowledged the vitriol that has been directed at bikers in general since Sunday’s violence, and the way that some have suggested Mieses drove recklessly and somehow brought his injuries on himself.

“I love him so much,” Mejia said, breaking down into tears. “It tears me up that anyone could think that Edwin in any way deserves what happened to him.”

And Allred urged the public to put aside “prejudices and biases” before passing judgment on Mieses.

“Whether one likes people who ride motorcycles is not the issue,” Allred said. “Edwin Mieses is first and foremost a human being who was not doing anything wrong when he was run right over as though he was a rag doll.”

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.