Sunday's incident between a black Land Rover Range Rover Sport and a fleet of motorcycles in New York City has been a topic of conversation across the internet, particularly here at Autoblog, where you, our readers, have racked up over 175,000 views and over 600 comments - some of which were quite cross - as of this writing. When the story first surfaced, conflicting reports from outlets as varied as the Daily Mail and Fox News made it difficult to determine what was what. Now, though, there's becoming a common consensus of information, and we wanted to update you with what is known. Bear with us, there's a lot of info here.

33-year-old Alexian Lien was driving with his wife and two-year-old daughter in the family's Range Rover Sport when they encountered a group of motorcyclists on a loosely organized ride known as "Hollywood Stuntz." No one, police included, seem to be sure what happened before video started rolling, but when it did, we saw 28-year-old Christopher Cruz appear to brake-check the SUV, with Lien tapping the motorcycle's rear wheel. This is where things begin to get murky.

Lien reportedly stopped after bumping Cruz's motorcycle, and according to New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, "They [the bikers] take their helmets and they start to dent his car, and apparently his tires are slashed with a knife." Fearing for his family's safety, Lien punched the gas, hitting three bikers – one of whom, contrary to yesterday's reports, was so seriously injured that if he survives, he may never walk again – and roaring off into the distance.

According to The New York Times, one of the bikers contradicted Commissioner Kelly's report, saying, "No biker became aggressive with the driver after the incident." Allegedly, it wasn't until Lien took off that things turned violent.

UPDATE: The original video has now been removed from YouTube. We've replaced it below with a report from ABC News that includes much of the footage, along with post-incident interviews and commentary. Again, viewer discretion is advised.
The 50-block, six-minute-long chase ended when Lien exited the West Side Highway at West 178th Street in Washington Heights, as his tires started to fail, according to police sources cited by The New York Post. The bikers caught up, with one using his helmet to smash the Land Rover's driver's side window. The gang ripped Lien out of his vehicle and beat him to the point that he was treated for lacerations and a pair of black eyes at Columbia University Medical Center.

Cruz, the man said to have brake-checked Lien, has been arrested by the NYPD and charged with a number of crimes, including reckless endangerment, menacing and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, according to Fox News. As for 32-year-old Edwin Mieses, the seriously injured biker, he was reportedly rushed to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, where he's currently in a medically induced coma. He was treated for two broken legs, spinal fractures and bruised lungs, with doctors unsure if he'll ever walk again. The New York Daily News is reporting that although police are still investigating, there aren't any plans to charge Lien for the injuries to Mieses.

If you haven't seen the controversial video of the incident, it can be viewed in the original post, or you can see it below. Fair warning, it's rather disturbing.

UPDATE: The original video has now been removed from YouTube. We've replaced it below with a report from ABC News that includes much of the footage, along with post-incident interviews and commentary. Again, viewer discretion is advised.




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      Clark
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to address this, specifically to "SLaYeR", with the reason being that he is one of the more vocal idiots on this thread who can't understand the situation. And with the handle "SLaYeR", it shouldn't surprise me. I fail to see why the responsibility of acting calm and collected should fall on the driver of the RR. He thought that his family was threatened and panicked, or acted in a way that he felt would remove them from danger. Either way, he shouldn't be blamed for acting as he did. Many here talk a big game about how he "should" have responded to this situation, but how many of us have been in this exact situation, with a family on-board? These motorcyclists set out to "swarm" a highway, control exit points, control traffic, whatever their agenda was it was ludicrous. They took an already dangerous situation; the daily task of driving on a highway, and elevated the threat to everyone around them. Not everyone was behaving in the same way, but when you decide to participate in something as stupid as what they were attempting, the blame distribution covers everyone. This wasn't some patriotic ride for fallen soldiers, where the riders behaved in a responsible and civilized manner. These idiots removed THEIR LICENSE PLATES, because they KNEW what they were doing was WRONG. I feel not one ounce of sympathy for any of the riders who were injured during this incident. If you know something is wrong and yet participate anyways, you get what you have coming to you when the **** hits the fan. These riders are scumbags. The @$$holes who smashed the windows and acted like thugs should be sent to prison and their licenses revoked for life. Real tough guys. Grabbing a man, tearing him from his car in front of his family and beating him in front of his 2 year old. If karma works, I truly hope you end up punished in the worst possible way for your cowardly behaviour. I feel truly sorry for the family involved in this. To have a child placed in this type of danger is outrageous, and as a family man, I would protect my family at all costs. So, SLaYeR, go back to pimping your ride, or being agro online, whatever it is you do wherein you think the handle SLaYeR is "awesome". You have neither the capacity to understand this situation from both sides, nor understand the position that the driver of the RR must have been in. And if you do want to dive in again and make a comment here, make sure you grab another word-of-the-day square from the toilet paper roll because you've already spent your intellectual bank on "disgusted".
        EvilTollMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clark
        I applaud you Clark, well said.
        Bigd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clark
        Threads like your are all to logical. My brain secretly thanks you not killing brain cells like slayer. Hoooorahhh!
      unzen
      • 1 Year Ago
      What traction mode in the Range Rover is recommended for biker? Snow? Mud?
      delsolo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The motorcyclist better become accustomed to being bump from behind in jail.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @delsolo1
        I suspect he already has a bit of experience there. In jail, I mean....
      Macvicar24
      • 1 Year Ago
      Driver screwed up by not flipping a u turn and go bowling! Screw these thugs on bikes!
      Ask
      • 1 Year Ago
      Brake-checking the full size Range Rover Sport SUV while riding a motorcycle in front of it? Is this guy an idiot or what??? Oh and to the guy who broke his two legs: You are an idiot #2!! Now go blame your friend Mr. Cruz for all this mess!
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whether you're on one side or the other, ask yourselves this. Why are bikers carrying around anything sharp enough to slash the RR's tires? Especially since they were such upstanding individuals.
      MAINE iac
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, at least ONE of the bikers got what the entire group deserved. I ride too but the "group" I ride with are not as ignorant as this group of thugs. I agree with the majority of the comments. I too would have used that SUV to its full potential and there would have been way more body bags littering the highway. How about you ignorant bikers stop giving the rest of us a bad name?
      GMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Right or wrong aside. When you try to stop a SUV with a bike, you lose.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      These are not motorcyclist these are terrorist.
        Ron Faldik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        nObamasays there is no such thing as terrorist......too bad they didnt charge his limo
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I saw this video earlier, I still felt that the driver was simply reacting to a situation that must have felt threatening, but now that I know there was his wife and 2 YO daughter in the car as well, I completely understand the guy's actions. It is unfortunate that one of the riders ended up in critical condition, but the way the riders acted was nothing less than childish, reckless and stupid.
      Chapor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Point 1. The Ranger rover driver said he felt threatened because the bikers slashed his tyres and started to dent his car, thus causing him to try and speed of hitting a biker in the process. Point 2. The bikers say they only got violent after they stopped him for the second time. Point 3. The Range Rover driver had to stop (the second time) because his tyres started failing. This proves to me that the bikers were indeed threatening and violent towards the the driver the first time... Point 4. As a biker myself, I feel ashamed... And there is the reason why I ride alone...
        Technoir
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chapor
        Also, the RR's left side view mirror is damaged before even the brake check. Could it have been ripped off by a biker?
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      These particular idiots thought that since they were in a pack, they had their own system of justice on the road, and decided that a little property damage was going to be cool, never mind what the guy in the 3-ton vehicle might do if he got mad or scared. I feel really sorry for the driver and his family. For the guy on the donorcycle, not so much. No one deserves such injuries, but actions have consequences. You ride with a pack of beligerent idiots, on a road with 3-ton cars, you are assuming a lot of risk.
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