NEW YORK — The family of a Lawrence motorcycle rider who was struck and critically injured by an SUV during a motorcycle rally that turned violent in New York City, is being represented by a high profile lawyer from Los Angeles who yesterday said the man was only trying to defuse a tense situation.
At a Manhattan news conference, Gloria Allred said Edwin “Jay” Mieses, 32, had his back to the Range Rover and was trying to get fellow bikers to walk away when he was struck “at top speed” last Sunday.
“His sole intention was to defuse the situation,” said Allred, a Los Angeles attorney who often handles headline-grabbing sexual harassment cases.
“Watch that huge vehicle, SUV, blast off, and watch it as it is lifted several feet off the ground as it rolls over Edwin Mieses,” she said of video of the incident, which has gotten millions of hits on YouTube.
Allred said she was not justifying what happened after Mieses was hit, when driver Alexian Lien was chased by the pack — which sources say included an undercover NYPD officer — and beaten.
“Edwin Mieses and his family deplore what happened to the driver of the SUV,” she said.
“However, let us not lose sight of the fact that Mr. Mieses had done nothing to Mr. Lien,” she added. “We don’t think our client should have been run over and crushed.”
Allred said the family has not decided whether to sue Lien, 33, and is cooperating with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as it investigates.
Tears streamed down Dayana Mejia’s face during the press conference as she described Mieses, her longtime partner, as an adoring father to the couple’s two children.
“He is the best father I know,” she said. “And he would give the shirt off his back to anyone.”