NEW YORK (AP) — An undercover detective attending at a motorcycle rally that devolved into broken bones and blood did not witness a biker get struck by an SUV or see the SUV driver subsequently attacked by bikers, a lawyer said Monday.
The detective joined the pack of riders following the black Range Rover up Manhattan’s West Side Highway after it struck motorcyclist Edwin Meises, Jr. because he thought there had been a hit-and-run, said attorney Phil Karasyk with the Detectives’ Endowment Association.
He later saw the bikers attacking the SUV but didn’t see the motorist pulled from the vehicle and beaten, Karasyk said.
Video captured parts of the encounter, including the moment when about two dozen riders slowed down, swarming the SUV after the driver and a biker bumped. Some dismounted and approached the vehicle, and police said some bikers began damaging the Range Rover.
The driver, Alexian Lien, in the car with his wife and 2-year-old child, took off, striking Mieses before heading north. His wife said they had no other choice but to flee.
Mieses suffered two broken legs and spinal injuries that may leave him paralyzed.
The bikers pursued the driver until the SUV got off the highway and got stuck in street traffic. The video showed one biker smashing the driver’s window with his helmet. Police said the group then pulled Lien from the SUV and beat him, although that part isn’t shown on the video. He required stitches.