Wife Of Biker Says Husband Is Victim In NYC Motorcycle Attack [VIDEO]
The wife and mother of a motorcycle rider injured when an SUV ran him over after an altercation on the West Side Highway says he's the victim.
The biker, Edwin Mieses Jr. of Lawrence, Massachusetts, suffered broken legs and spine injuries, his wife Dayana Mieses, said outside a hospital on Tuesday. "There's no hope for his back," Dayana Meises told reporters. "They crushed his spine. They broke it in two different places, so he will be forever, forever paralyzed."
His mother told WBZ TV in Boston, “All his ribs are fractured, his lungs are so badly bruised that he’s still on a ventilator,” said his mother, Yolanda Santiago, who says she thinks he is now paralyzed with a broken spine. “He should have at least stopped after the first incident and at least apologized.”
Another man also was injured. Bikers chased after SUV, then beat the driver, police said. A portion of the Sunday incident, captured on a helmet-mounted camera worn by another rider, was posted online anonymously. Since then, Dayana Mieses said, the bikers have been portrayed as villains who ambushed an innocent man driving his family. But she said her husband is the victim.
"Everyone wants to blame the bikers for something this man did," she said.
Edwin Mieses, known as Jay Meezee, is an aspiring rapper from outside Boston, and the couple has two children, ages 15 and 9. Dayana Mieses told WBZ TV that her husband got off his bike to help another rider struck in an initial collision with the SUV.
"When all the bikers stopped, my husband got out, parked his bike to walk over to try to help his friend," she said. "He walked over towards the front of the vehicle when, at this point, I don't know what happened the man was scared, the man just peeled off and ran over my husband."
A Facebook page, Justice For Jay Meezee, was created by the family to show his side of the story. They have posted pictures of Meezee lying in a hospital room.
Terror On The Highway
Mieses was part of an unauthorized motorcycle rally and the incident occurred on Manhattan's West Side Highway. The video shows a large group of bikers, members of the motorcycle gang Hollywood Stuntz, clustering around the Range Rover heading north. One of the bikers then moves into the SUV's lane and rides briefly alongside it, peering in through the driver's side window. It's unclear from the video what the driver might have done to anger the motorcyclist.
A second suspect — Allen Edwards, 42, of Queens — believed to be the man seen on video striking the Range Rover windows with his fists, surrendered to police on Tuesday. He was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and menacing. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.
A New York -based production company called Hollywood Stunts, has been receiving the backlash of the incident. “When the news says [the Web site’s name], they don’t say its Hollywood Stuntz with a ‘Z.' People are calling us and threatening us, saying that they want to do the same thing to us that [the bikers] did to [their victim]" owner Bob Cotter told the New York Post.
The Associated Press contributed to this report