Alexian Lien was driving his Range Rover on a New York City highway, 5-month-old baby strapped to a car seat in the back and wife by his side, when he noticed something many of us have encountered on the road -- a large group of motorcyclists. According to 33-year-old Lien, the motorcyclists were driving erratically, and he accidentally collided with one while trying to maneuver around them. When he pulled over to the side of the road, some of the cyclists began trying to damage his car. Fearing for his family's safety, Lien did what any dad or mom would do and fled -- unfortunately, he also knocked over bikes and some of the men who were damaging his vehicle on his way. And the motorcyclists weren't about to let him get away with that.
The band of motorcyclists chased Lien's Range Rover and were able to overtake it in less than a few minutes. The bikers formed a barricade around the SUV, preventing it from moving forward. One biker actually got off his motorcycle and tried to open Lien's door, so he sped off again, hitting another motorcyclist -- identified as 32-year-old Jay Mieses, a possible innocent bystander who may now be paralyzed for life. The whole incident up to this point was recorded on one of the biker's helmet cameras, which was then switched off. Lien kept trying to get away from the bikers, who reportedly chased him for 50 blocks before stopping him on a side street in Manhattan, smashing in his window, dragging him out of his car, and slashing his face and chest in front of his wife and daughter.
Police are continuing to investigate this case, and so far only one biker is facing charges. I would be shocked if Lien was held responsibile for anything that happened after accidentally clipping the first biker. From the sound of it, he tried to stop and do the right thing -- what else could he do but flee when he realized his family was in danger?
On another note, how crazy is it that people can let road rage take them this far? That someone can look inside of a car, see a car seat, and still try to break glass that's just a few inches away from a young child's face? I feel totally naive watching this video because I was recently involved in a minor road confrontation after another driver cut me off. He immediately apologized and ceased with the insults when he spotted my 2-year-old in the backseat. This incident serves as a reminder that this isn't always the case and we have to be careful on the road.
What do you think about this case?
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