Reporting Michael Rosenfield
BOSTON (CBS) – A Lawrence man is paralyzed after a disturbing road rage incident in New York City that was caught on video.
The wife of Edwin Mieses tells WBZ-TV her husband is in a coma.
Police say the incident began Sunday when a driver of a Range Rover was suddenly surrounded on the West Side Highway in Manhattan by a group of motorcyclists on an annual ride to Times Square.
In the video recorded on a biker’s helmet camera and later posted on YouTube, one of the bikers appears to nearly stop in front of the SUV on the highway and the two collided.
Some of the bikers, apparently angry over the collision, began to confront the driver and, at one point, started to slash his tires.
The driver, 33-year-old Alexian Lien, then barreled through three of the bikers to get away.
One of those bikers was Mieses. His wife, Dayana Mieses, says he had gotten off of his bike to help the injured biker who was hit in the initial collision.
“He went to help someone,” Dayana told WBZ-TV Tuesday morning.
Some of the bikers caught up with Lien further down the highway and tried to open the driver’s door but he escaped again.
But when he got off the highway and ended up stuck in city traffic, a couple of the bikers were able to pull him from the vehicle and attack.
Lien was beaten while his wife and two-year-old daughter were inside the SUV. He sustained facial lacerations and bruises.
Lien will not be charged for his role, according to police.