Authorities opt not to charge Jamaica biker in West Side Highway melee: Post

A Youtube video shows the West Side Highway melee.
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JAMAICA — A Jamaica man will not be charged for in connection to a wild bike chase along the West Side Highway.

On Sunday, a group of several dozen bikers attempting to close off part of the highway so they could perform stunts got into a confrontation with the driver of an SUV, the New York Post reported.

The harrowing incident was caught on camera by one of the bikers.

The ">video shows the bikers chasing the SUV for several blocks uptown. At one point, the bikers attempt to box in the driver of the SUV, Alexian Lien. Lien, who had his wife and young daughter in the car, initially slows to a stop, but with the bikers swarming around him, he then guns it to escape and hits a biker as he drives away.

Eventually the bikers catch up to him and allegedly proceed to slash his tires, pull him out of the vehicle and physically beat him in front of his family, the New York Post reported.

Initial reports alleged that one rider, Jamaica resident Allen Edwards, 43, had bashed in Lien’s driver’s-side window with his helmet, however sources told the Post that Edwards turned himself in to police Tuesday morning and was released without being charged.

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Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Talk about another case of injustice!

If you were the driver of the car, who had his family with him, surrounded by that many irresponsible men on bikes, pounding on your car, what would you do? I would do the same thing, gun it and get the out of there.

So now the biker who beat the driver, as of now, gets off free. Something as usual wrong with the system.
Oct. 4, 2013, 6:27 am
Sick of It from NE Queens says:
One has to wonder if these bikers who travel with cameras to make internet videos would find some other hobby if they did not have outlets such as You Tube and their stunt website to use. The popularity of these sites encourage some people to make videos that are more and more outragious and they do not care if people get hurt. Recently someone with another hobby, cycling or skateboarding died trying to make an wild video for these sites.
Also there are just not enough cops for quality of life issues like riding bikes and motorcycles on sidewalks. There is a guy who drives and then parks on the sidewalk in front of Ballys gym in Douglaston. He expects pedestrians to get out of his way.
Oct. 4, 2013, 11:25 am
joe from whitestone says:
listen, at the end of the day, both were in the wrong. If it was you in the car and had all these bikers harassing you, you would of took off. And if you were one of the bikers who just saw ur friend/fellow rider get ran over and the guy takes off, you would of persued him and did what was necessary. unfourtnally 1 man is now paralyzed and will never walk again and the driver of the range walked away with minor bruises. FACT IS EVEN IF THE BIKERS WERE WRONG, ONE WRONG MOVE FROM A CAR CAN KILL A BIKER, ALWAYS WATCH AND RESPECT BIKERS REGUARLESS, U CAN TAKE A LIFE VERY EASY IF DRIVING A CAR AND NOT PAYING ATTENTION OR CARING
Oct. 4, 2013, 7:45 pm
Al from Queens says:
If this were about traffic safety then I would agree with you. The trouble is, a lot of these incidents have been happening lately because some criminals are engaging in a new form of blackmail. The 'accident' is staged in order to then extract a cash payment from the driver. The cars are always nice ones driven by whites or Asians, and the helmet cam is for evidence of the hit as leverage. This has been around a long time but used to be in the form of two or three cars boxing in a luxury vehicle with the front one stooping suddenly to cause a rear end collision. In insurance, the car behind is always considered liable. Frankly, at least some of these guys are criminals and should treated as such.
Oct. 5, 2013, 2:30 am
Eddie from Holladay says:
The driver of the RR walked away with minor bruises??? Have you ever been beat up? Have you ever been punched so hard that it felt like life was slowly leaving you? I have, and I still wake up in the middle of the night with nightmares. The affects of my beating took literally six months to get over. Six months of headaches and neck pain. I read somewhere that the RR driver had his head stomped while he was on the ground. I know one thing... If it came down to getting beat as bad as I was again, I too would run over the guy before letting that happen. I could have easly been killed that day.
Oct. 5, 2013, 7:40 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
NO NO NO, both were not wrong. The idiot bikers, some with criminal records, like Reginald Chance, who had the video helmet and smashed the window of the SUV, has an extremely lengthy arrest record (including two robberies that ended in serious injuries to the victims. I am sure many of the others had issues with the law. So we are not talking about upstanding citizens.

These bikers were driving totally recklessly on a highway and instigated the whole affair. With a huge gang of them surrounding a SUV that included a two year old girl, what would you expect the driver to do, nothing and wait to see what would happened to his family while surrounded by a huge gang of low life thugs. I as well as many others would have done the same things.

And this BS from the one commenter seemed to be totally defending the actions of the biker, about one wrong move from a car can kill a biker BS. This is not a case of one biker driving carefully on the road with an SUV driver not paying attention. The bikers created the situation which put their numbskull friend, Miese, in critical condition. Poor baby. Should not have been thug idiots to begin, plain and simple.
Oct. 5, 2013, 1:07 pm

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