“I understand if he was afraid,’’ she said. “However, he should have shown some compassion. He could have stopped and asked, ‘Are you OK?’ or ‘I’m so sorry.’ In my opinion, if you show violence, then you get violence back.”
According to the Daily News, police said Lien was punched and slashed in the face by bikers who chased the Range Rover into the Washington Heights neighborhood. He was sent to the hospital after calling 911 and had to receive stitches.
Video footage shows one of the bikers approaching Lien’s SUV and smashing the driver’s side window with a helmet. The Daily News reported that Lien was dragged out of the vehicle and attacked.
“From what I am seeing, the media is saying that he ran over bikes,’’ Domenech said. “He didn’t run over bikes. He ran over a person. It’s all about the poor driver. Nobody is saying anything about the pain my nephew and my family are enduring.’’
Andres Gonzalez, Mieses’ childhood friend from Lawrence, said Mieses is “fighting for his life.”
“There is more than one victim here,” Gonzalez said. “This is turning into a circus.”
Some expressed their support and well wishes for Mieses on the Facebook page, praying for a speedy recovery.
However, not all of the posts have been sympathetic. Some said the bikers should also be held accountable for actions causing the confrontation.
Domenech said she is disgusted by the negative comments.
“It’s horrendous. What is this world coming to?” she said. “I don’t want to see hatred directed to anybody .... I don’t wish for anything bad to happen to the driver. I have no idea what was going through his mind, but an apology would be nice.”
She said she believes the public is confusing her nephew with the man whose motorcycle was originally bumped by the SUV.