Over the weekend, the Internet paid host to helmet-cam footage of a violent West Side Highway altercation between a group of motorcyclists and a driver of a Range Rover. It began when 33-year-old Alexian Lien dented the bike of a member of a group ride called the "Hollywood Stuntz." Lien was stopped on a highway, surrounded by a mob, and one man walked up to his car. He felt threatened and took off, running over 26-year-old Jeremiah Mieses. The group followed Lien on a high-speed pursuit, slashing his tires at one point, and forcing him to eventually stop at West 178th Street. There, he was beaten in front of his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Paramedics found him face-down in a pool of his own blood.
Now, there's this: That guy Mieses, who was hit by Lien? He's paralyzed. From Gothamist:
Mieses was one of the bikers Lien plowed through to escape the motorcyclists after the first collision. Mieses is currently in a medically-induced coma with injuries to his heart, lungs and ribs, and is paralyzed from the waist down. His wife, Dayana Mieses, says he had dismounted to help Cruz after the initial collision. "This man needs to know he hurt someone,” she tells CBS 2, referring to Lien. “That man paralyzed my husband. He needs to pay for what he did.”
Here's what Mieses looks like now:
So to recap: Guy hits the bike of a group that drives erratically and has a track record of reckless and dangerous behavior. Bikers stop guy in middle of highway. Guy freaks out, tries to escape, paralyzes biker. Bikers hunt him down and nearly kill him. A New York tale.
This story has inspired an incredible amount of vitriol on both sides. Hate for Lien, hate for the bikers (who are routinely called animals in comment sections). All I can really say for sure? This is awful all around.