The wife of an SUV driver who police say was beaten after a clash with a swarm of bikers on a New York City highway said Thursday that she and her husband were out celebrating their anniversary when they were "placed in grave danger by a mob of reckless and violent motorcyclists."
In a statement released through a law firm on behalf of the family, the wife of the driver, Alexian Lien, said that her husband "was forced under the circumstances to take the actions that he did in order to protect the lives of our entire family."
"We know in our hearts that we could not have done anything differently," she said.
She added: "Our plan last Sunday was to celebrate our wedding anniversary by having a nice family day out with our 2-year-old daughter. Unfortunately, instead, we were placed in grave danger by a mob of reckless and violent motorcyclists."
The highway clash, on Sunday, was recorded and has beenviewed about 6 million times on YouTube. Police have said that the bikers chased Lien for 50 blocks before cornering him, smashing his windows, yanking him out and beating him in front of his wife and child.
One of the motorcyclists, Edwin "Jay" Mieses, was run over during the clash. He is in critical condition with a crushed spine and two broken legs and may be paralyzed. He has hired a media-savvy lawyer, Gloria Allred.
"There's no hope for his back," Mieses' wife, Dayana, told reporters on Tuesday. "They broke it in two different places, so he will be forever, forever paralyzed."
Lien's wife said in the statement that the family's sympathies go out to the injured biker and his family. But she said that her husband had been faced with a "life-threatening situation."
"Our fear for our lives was confirmed when the incident ended with the ruthless and brutal attack on my husband, me, and, most importantly, our 2-year-old child," she said.