The wife of the SUV driver beaten in Sunday’s bloody motorcycle melee said in a statement yesterday that she and her husband sped away because they feared for their lives.
“We were faced with a life-threatening situation and my husband was forced under the circumstances to take the actions that he did in order to protect the lives of our entire family,” the statement read, which was released through the family attorneys.
The statement by Roslyn Ng, who has been identified as the wife of SUV driver Alexian Lien, 33, expressed sympathy for injured motorcyclist Edward Mieses Jr., 32, of Massachusetts, whose family said was paralyzed after being run over by Lien.
“Our plan last Sunday was to celebrate our wedding anniversary by having a nice family day our with our two-year-old daughter,” the statement read.
“Unfortunately, instead we were placed in grave danger by a mob of reckless and violent motorcyclists.”
The statement, released through the law firm of Massimo & Panetta, P.C., appeared designed to lay the groundwork for a defense if Lien ever faced criminal charges or was sued by the bikers for their injuries. The firm declined to comment further.
Lien has not been charged but one New Jersey man faces misdemeanor charges stemming from the confrontation and has been accused of deliberately slowing his motorcycle in front of Lien’s black Range Rover on the Henry Hudson Parkway. About six minutes of the incident was captured on a helmet camera worn by one of the bikers.
Attorneys not connected to the case have told Newsday that the self-defense concept of “choice of evil” where someone fleeing an assault or the threat of grievous injury wouldn’t be criminally liable for injuring another person.
NYPD investigators seeking at least one man for questioning whose image was captured on the video. A law enforcement official said cops visited the home of a biker on Long Island seeking the video.
Allen Edwards, 42, of Queens, was questioned in connection with the incident but was released after the Manhattan district attorney’s office declined for the moment to press charges.