BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The wife of a motorcyclist struck by a Range Rover on a New York City highway says her husband is paralyzed and is in a medically induced coma.
Dayana Mieses said her husband, Edwin, stopped to help another biker who had been struck by 33-year-old Alexian Lien.
Lien was reportedly driving his family in an SUV on the Henry Hudson Parkway Sunday when it appeared a motorcyclist cut him off and hit his brakes. Lien hit the biker and stopped at the scene, but fled when the group began to attack his car. While fleeing, Lien reportedly hit three more bikers, including Mieses.
"My husband stopped the bike away from the scene and walked over to the front of the truck to try to help the guy that got hit," said Mieses. "I don't know if [the SUV driver] was scared from whatever the other bikers were doing, but he ran him over."
The incident was caught on another motorcyclist's helmet cam. The footage went viral after it was posted on YouTube.
Mieses said her husband was wearing a purple shirt and was riding a green motorcycle. In a video posted online, you can briefly see Edwin Mieses before the crash.
Dayana says Edwin has been riding for the past three years and had done a previous rally with Hollywood Stuntz in New York.
"He had fun, he enjoyed it and wanted to do it again this year," said Dayana.
Mieses' wife of 16 years says she received the call about his injuries at about 2 p.m. Sunday. Edwin's friend called her crying. The friend held a bloodied Edwin in his arms as they waited for the ambulance.
"He was with his best friend. His best friend said they were both riding together and then the one minute he looked back and couldn't find my husband anymore," said Dayana. "It looked like when they ran that guy over, my husband stopped immediately, pulled over the bike, parked it and went to try to help this man." (Click here for a hospital photo of Edwin Mieses - Warning: Photo may be too graphic for all viewers)
Edwin was originally identified as his brother, Jeremiah, because he was driving a motorcycle registered in his brother's name.
Police say some of the motorcyclists caught up to Lien about four miles away when he was at a red light. He was dragged from his car and beaten. Video footage from one biker's helmet-cam went viral on YouTube.
The NYPD says one of the bikers involved in the initial incident that lead to the attack has been arrested. Christopher Cruz, 28, was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing. He was not injured in the accident.
An investigation is ongoing.