A gang of motorcyclists on Manhattan’s West Side Highway burst into an extreme case of road rage Sunday and beat up an SUV driver after he accidentally hit one of the bikers, breaking his leg. According to the NYPD, the man, driving a Range Rover with his wife and 2-year-old daughter inside, pulled over after the accident. The motorcyclists then surrounded the car and began beating it, breaking a window (shattering glass on the driver’s face) and spiking the tires. The driver pulled away in response, hitting three other bikers and prompting the rest of the gang to chase the SUV down and continue beating it. The driver was treated for injuries to his face and released. One biker has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and endangering the welfare of a child.
"The gang, called "Hollywood Stuntz," according to police, chased the man, and he was forced to stop because of flat tires.
The SUV driver was cornered and beaten, according to police. He was later treated at a local hospital for slashes to his face and released. His wife and child were not injured.
One biker who was struck by the SUV, 28-year-old Christopher Cruz, was arrested and faces several charges, including reckless endangerment, reckless driving and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.
Authorities have not identified the people in the SUV.
A helmet camera one of the bikers was wearing captured much of the road rage incident, including the moment when one of the bikers walks up to the SUV and smashes its window with a bike helmet. The video has been posted online."
The driver of the SUV has been identified in various media outlets as Alexian Lien, his wife Rosalyn and their 2-year-old child were passengers at the time.
The Gothamist has updates:
"One biker's legs were allegedly broken by Lien. A witness tells the Daily News, "The rider was bleeding out of his mouth and nose even though he had a helmet on. He was conscious but couldn’t move at all.” The tabloid identifies him as Jeremiah Mieses, 26, of Lawrence, Mass. His father, a reverend in Pennsylvania, said on Facebook, "My son just got out of surgery. Now we have to contend with his situation that he will never walk again."
After a lengthy chase, during which the SUV's tires were slashed, Lien was surrounded at West 178 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. One of the suspects is seen in the video smashing in the driver's side window, and then the video ends. Police say Lien was dragged from the Range Rover and beaten; first responders found him lying on the pavement in a pool of his own blood. The motorcyclists were gone."
According to the report, the biker who has been arrested, 28-year-old Christopher Cruz, was the motorcyclist seen on video swerving in front of Lien's Range Rover and stopping short, resulting in the collision that sparked the chase.
The NYPD say this same group of bikers entered Times Square last year in what Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said is a "major stunt event," but it's hard to tell what that means coming from Ray Kelly.
Police were able to prevent the group from entering Times Square this year, and arrested 15 bikers in total Sunday, seized 55 bikes and wrote 68 summons for various violations.
They are still examining video footage to determine if any other charges will be filed in the road rage incident.
"The investigation is ongoing," Kelly said.