The family of Edwin Mieses Jr., run over when involved with a group of bikers harassing a family driving an SUV, has engaged legal shark Gloria Allred.
Allred and Mieses' longtime partner, Dayana Mejia, held a press conference to discuss the incident and Mieses' condition. Mejia and Mieses have two children. Reports list him as paralyzed after sustaining injuries to his spine, ribs, lungs and heart.
Allred maintains that Mieses was trying to diffuse the tense situation, "He told everyone to move on and go back to riding... It was then, with his back to the SUV, and as he was in front of it, that he was run over and crushed." He may not have known his fellow bikers except for one, a friend who traveled to New York with him from Massachusetts, according to Mejia.
The bikers were participating in a rally during which over 1,000 bikers travel to Times Square, New York City. New York police are also attracting controversy related to the attack as several officers were discovered to be involved in the ride.
The driver of the SUV, Alexian Lien, was pulled from the vehicle and beaten. Lien's wife, Rosalyn Ng, expressed her families sympathies for Mieses' condition, but stressed that Lien was trying to protect her and their two-year-old child.
The status of Mieses' driving record has arisen as a point of contention in the case. Allred refused to comment beyond stating it was irrelevant as he was not on his motorcycle when struck. According to reports, Mieses has not held a valid driver's license or permit in Massachusetts for 14 years and has never applied for a motorcycle license. As of June, he had been considered a habitual offender, losing his right to drive in the state until 2017 and was recently arrested, driving with a revoked license in Andover.
Other motorcyclists that may have been involved are being sought by Manhattan authorities and one rider, Christopher Cruz, has been charged with unlawful imprisonment and reckless driving.[Image via YouTube.]