As the facts of Sunday’s disturbing cat and mouse chase begin to unfold questions are now being asked if whether Alexian Lien may have gone too far in trying to get out of what he perceived to be harm’s way.
Told Christopher Cruz‘s lawyer, H. Benjamin Perez after his client posted bail yesterday after being accused of initiating Sunday’s hostilities:
“His motorcycle was struck and he stood right there. He never assaulted this man, he never tried to assault him in any way, and he does not know any of the other motorcyclists who were involved in this beating.”
Told a witness to the confrontation, Jerome Davis: “If something happens, you stop right there. It’s an accident. You think and stop. You don’t keep reacting on,”
Except Alexian Lien didn’t just stay there, instead according to police reports Lien feared for his and his family’s life after the bikers alighted and purportedly began to slash at his tires.
That said some have speculated that Lien may have felt some degree of complicity and rather than face the potential wrath of 50 men decided to drive away, irrespective of who he might end up hurting.
And there was this discussion on tyt on who is actually complicit which went on raise a variety of questions:
Reflected one commentator on the web:
I still think Mieses is not at fault. I saw the video. Not once did Mieses approach Lien’s car, he didn’t attack Lien, in fact, he never did anything to Lien. The guy who provoked Lien was Christopher Cruz, not Mieses. Lien ran over a guy who never did anything to him. Now I understand Lien was fearful for his family, and he drove over a biker in fear, not intentional. However, in his action to save his child, he paralyzed someone who never did anything to him, and at the same time has created hardship for 2 children of the injured biker.
The very least he should do is be responsible for Mieses medical bills, along with Christopher Cruz, who is also at fault for provoking the incident. The biker gang stuff—I don’t buy it. Most of these guys don’t even know each other. Riders from all over the area congregate once a year for parade. it’s not a gang.
A lot of bikers ride in groups for safety. And yes it’s true many bikers ride crazy, but many car drivers drive crazy also. I drive on turnpike everyday, and I see many cars and suvs cutting me off all the time, do I run them over? nope. If I reacted like Lien I would have run over scores of people by now.
Road rage is a big problem and the solution is not violence. As far as the argument that he was only protection his child, in the video I don’t see bikers attacking the suv. I see most of the bikers just watching with a “whats going on?” look. A few bikers congregate near the suv, but that’s because there was an accident. Another factor: nobody knew he had a baby on board. the suv was tinted passenger windows to the whole back. all you can see is lien and his wife. and in any accident people always come out and see what happened, its normal.
That said, authorities have also gone on to suggest that one of the bikers who surrendered themselves to authorities on Tuesday and who went on not to be charged, Allen Edwards may have sought to assist Lien.
Tells cnn‘s article: Edwards may have been trying to protect the driver of the SUV who had come under attack, according to one witness, a law enforcement official said.
Nevertheless commentators on the web have overwhelmingly gone on to support Alexian Lien’s actions that have resulted in the permanent paralysis of one of the bikers, Edwin Mieses (full name Jeremiah Edwin Mieses) with some arguing that that Lien did not inflict enough retribution.
Told Mieses’ mother, Yolanda Santiago:
“All of his ribs are fractured, his lungs are so badly bruised that he’s still on a ventilator.”
Mieses’ wife, Dayana Mieses said he had been trying to help the first biker who was initially hit by the SUV when he, too, was hit.
At present no charges are expected against Lien and the DA’s office is still investigating the incident although one wonders if and when Mieses’ family will seek to affect a lawsuit against Alexian Lien….?