From CNN: Basically they did drop the Charges against Edwards a biker initally charged, and the SUV guy might have been recklessly driving initially. The brake checking biker Cruz is facing a misdemeanor charges. Police are still investigating, including review of a past biker mob footage.
I thing its a combo of biker arrogance combined with driver road rage that exploded into a huge mess. Charge everyone involved.
New York (CNN) -- The video seems clear: an SUV
driver hits a biker on Manhattan's West Side, and sets off a violent
chain of events. But now, a debate is raging over who should shoulder
the blame for this disturbing attack.
Soon after the helmet cam video of the confrontation went viral, sympathies lay with the driver of the Range Rover.
Online commenters seemed
to side with him. He was swarmed by a motorbike gang. He had his wife
and 2-year-old daughter inside. He did what he had to do to protect
them, they said.
But now supporters of the bikers being vilified for the weekend attack are pleading their case.
Charges dropped against biker
One biker cleared in SUV attack
Possible reckless pattern among bikers
Biker: SUV driver 'was a maniac'
They gathered Wednesday
night outside the Manhattan hospital where one of the bikers, Edwin
Mieses, lies comatose. He was run over by the SUV as the driver tried to
"It is an unfortunate
situation on both sides," said Lexie Filpo, who said she was one of the
bikers. "I knew that car seemed reckless from the beginning. From when
he first jumped on the highway. When things happened people were telling
him to stop, to slow down, and he never did."
"The officers, they want to arrest the bikers; they should arrest the driver as well," Filpo said.
Swarmed by bikers
The incident took place
on Manhattan's West Side Highway on Sunday. Police said a man driving a
Range Rover struck a motorcyclist who had slowed down.
indicated the impact broke the motorcyclist's leg, but New York police
Sgt. Lee Jones said Wednesday that the biker sustained only minor
The driver, Alexian
Lien, pulled over and was surrounded by other bikers, part of a group
called Hollywood Stuntz. They hit the vehicle and spiked its tires,
The driver pulled away, plowing three more bikers, including the now-comatose Mieses.
The bikers chased him.
Once he was stuck in traffic, they cornered the SUV. The video shows one
biker using his helmet to smash the driver's side window.
Police said the bikers dragged Lien out of the SUV and beat him. His wife and daughter were unharmed.
Lien was later treated at a local hospital for slashes to his face, and released.
"I would do the exact
same thing he did. I mean they threatened his family and started
slashing his tires," one New Yorker, who didn't want to give her name,
Jerome Davis said he witnessed a part of the confrontation, and described the SUV driver as a "maniac."
"If something happens,
you stop right there. It's an accident. You think and stop. You don't
keep reacting on," he told CNN's Erin Burnett on Wednesday.
But on CNN's "New Day" Thursday, Davis said, "Two wrongs don't make a right," and said it was clear the SUV driver was afraid.
"If I was in his shoes, I'd be scared," he said.
No charges against driver
Police have not said that they are seeking any charges against Lien.
But they arrested Christopher Cruz, who is seen slowing down in front of the Range Rover before he was bumped.
Cruz, 28, was in court
Wednesday facing misdemeanor charges, including reckless driving. Cruz's
attorney told reporters that his client is not guilty.
Cruz was to be released
after posting $1,500 cash bail and a $15,000 insurance bond. In
addition, his license was suspended and he was ordered to surrender his
"His motorcycle was
struck and he stood right there," Cruz's attorney H. Benjamin Perez told
reporters. "He never assaulted this man. He never tried to assault him
in any way. And he does not know any of the other motorcyclists who were
involved in this beating."
A second biker, who police arrested, was released Wednesday when authorities determined that he may have been trying to help.
Allen Edwards, 42, originally faced charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and menacing, police said.
But that didn't mean the prosecutors were done.
individuals with low-level crimes does not further the goals of the
investigation, and could weaken the cases we expect to bring against the
perpetrators of serious crimes," said Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, the
prosecutor who is overseeing the case.
"After we investigate
the facts and each person's individual actions, we will know what
charges can be supported by the evidence. There is still a tremendous
amount of investigation to be done."
The New York Police Department released images and asked for the public's help in identifying and locating suspects.
Police are also looking
at a 2011 video that shows a separate case of biker violence. In it,
riders appear to surround and antagonize a motorist.
Law enforcement officials told CNN they are examining the footage frame by frame, looking for possible patterns.
Mieses' family says the real victim of the confrontation is the hospitalized biker.
"All of his ribs are
fractured. His lungs are so badly bruised that he's still on a
ventilator," Yolanda Santiago, his mother, told CNN affiliate WCBS.
His wife, Dayana, told CNN affiliate WBZ that Mieses got off his bike to help the SUV driver.
"And whatever he did, he got scared, he peeled off, and he paralyzed my husband on the way," she said.
Back at the vigil Wednesday night, the attendees raised almost $400. They hope to raise more at another vigil planned Thursday.
"I believe both of them
should be charged because both of them were wrong—the biker and the guy
in the car," said Victor Rodriguez.