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October 13, 2013

Editorial: Bikers in New York attack were a lawless mob

As more details emerge concerning the encounter on a New York highway involving participants in a motorcycle rally and a sport-utility vehicle, it is becoming clear that the true victims are the family in the SUV.

It is unfortunate that biker Edwin Mieses Jr. of Lawrence was severely injured in the incident. We hope he recovers. But such are the consequences of being a participant in a lawless mob.

The incident occurred in late September on Manhattan’s Henry Hudson Parkway. A large and extended group of motorcyclists was advancing up the highway. As seen in videos of the incident and reported in several stories, the motorcycles passed a Range Rover SUV driven by Alexian Lien. Also in the vehicle were his wife and their 2-year-old daughter.

A motorcycle driven by Christopher Cruz slowed dramatically in front of the SUV and was bumped, causing a crash. Bikers swarmed around the stopped vehicle and Lien sped off, running over Mieses, who was left with broken legs and spinal injuries. His family says he may never walk again.

Lien’s wife said he fled because he was in fear for his family’s safety. His fears were justified.

The bikers pursued the SUV up the highway until it was trapped in traffic. The bikers pulled Lien from the vehicle and beat him severely. They smashed windows and slashed the tires of the Range Rover.

Several bikers, including Cruz, have been arrested and charged in the incident. Among those recently charged was Wojciech Braszczok, an off-duty police detective. Braszczok was an “active participant” in the attack on Lien’s car, prosecutors said. He did nothing to stop it, didn’t report it to his superiors for two days, and then when did, he lied about it, changing his story to say he saw the attack but didn’t participate, Assistant District Attorney Samantha Turino told the Associated Press.

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