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Biker Group & SUV Incident Fallout Continues

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The violent altercation between a biker group and SUV motorist in New York City has gained national media attention. Onboard video on the incident (embedded below), captured by one of the riders and posted online, has gone viral with more than 5 million views on YouTube. The incident has since been picked up by major news outlets, including CNN and the broadcast networks and morning shows.



Video shows riders from a group called “Hollywood Stuntz” riding through New York. The altercation occurs between the riders and a black Range Rover driven by Alexian Lien, with the driver’s wife and two-year-old daughter passengers in the SUV. Travelling on Manhattan’s West Side Highway, one of the riders slows down in front of the SUV, which in turn collides with the bike.

At a full stop, the situation escalates as riders surround the SUV. Reports state that the SUV tires were slashed, with Lien fleeing the scene – running over bikes and the riders. One of these riders was reputed to be severely injured in the maneuver, in critical condition and likely paralyzed.

After another attempt by the rider to open the car on the highway, the SUV is eventually later stopped on a Manhattan surface street. Some of the chasing bikers then attack the SUV, breaking the window, at which point the onboard video stops.

Liens was subsequently assaulted. Photographs show Liens lying bloodied and prone on the ground, having been pulled from the SUV and beaten in front of his family.

New York Prosecuters have filed charges against one rider in the assault, for reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and menacing. Another rider, who slowed down in front of the SUV and was hit, is reportedly charged reckless endangerment, reckless driving and endangering the welfare of a child.

The driver, Liens, has not been charged. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is quoted on camera saying of the potential charges for the driver. “It depends on whether or not the vehicle was being attacked, or whether or not you think you’re being attacked, whether or not your wife and child is in the car. You have to look at the totality of the circumstances, and that is what we’ll do.”

The riding group, Hollywood Stuntz, was already on the NYPD radar as a similar ride last year saw bikers descend on Times Square. Several news sources, including CNN, site multiple violations during this year’s ride, including 15 arrests and 55 bike seizures.

Several facts continue to draw out. For example one of the riders seen punching the SUV window is not being charged, as police believe he may have tried to help Liens. There are also more onboard videos surfacing attributed the Hollywood Stuntz group ride.

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spyglass   October 5, 2013 05:41 AM
Well, according 2 usa2day, 2 or more of the riders were undercover cops. Don't know if they were along as riders only or if "infiltrating". One of the officers later sed he didn't intervene in the altercations lest he "blow his cover". Time will tell. A 2nd point here is that every one in the group had a sportbike....hardly what a "gang" (in the modern sense of the term) would be riding, i.e., no "1%ers", who have no truck for anything but Harleys.
desertdog   October 3, 2013 10:57 PM
The most recent report I read on this is that many of the bikes had plates that weren't registered to the bike they were on, thus making it hard to track them down. This is not the M.O. of a biker. This is the M.O. of a criminal who can't afford or steal a car. The first time I saw this video, I saw criminals on bikes. The more I learn, the more I'm convinced my first impression was correct. Anytime real bikers have any opportunity to assist the cops in putting a stop to this crap, we shouldn't hesitate. Punks like these are asking for trouble. Sometimes it finds them. Bullies make me sick. Especially bullies who terrorize women and children.
Oliver   October 3, 2013 09:13 AM
Thank you WilCon. That was precisely my point. Cheers.
WilCon   October 3, 2013 04:12 AM
Oliver. I get it exactly. What a group of riders like this does is become a representation of all riders in the non-riding public's eyes. Doesn't matter that the 99% of us are normal every day people we are all hooligans like this. It's the Hollister scenario where one picture defined and created the 1% image that permeates to this day.
Oliver   October 2, 2013 10:40 PM
To Historacer. You're right. You don't know what I'm trying to say.
historacer   October 2, 2013 08:14 PM
To Oliver. I don't know what ur trying to say here as it seems the bikers are at fault and if found guilty I hope the driver and family have a sympathetic jury and those at fault are given maximum sentences. This sort of biker gang bs has got to stop and I don't care if they ride Harleys. Sportbikes or Honda Groms, we will not tolerate that sort of violence. Just what do u think u would've done if u were the driver of the SUV? There are already multiple moving vehicle charges against multiple members of the gang arising from the incident. Maybe u could offer them ur legal services, get them aquited and put them back on the street.....not
Oliver   October 2, 2013 05:52 PM
I'm an ex motorcycle racer, instructor and trial lawyer in San Diego, CA. I'm still an avid rider and represent motorcycle riders. I was in a trial last year for six weeks on a case where the SUV left-turned my client who was a dentist riding a Ducati 748. During jury selection, we used written questionnaires to weed out jurors who were prejudiced against motorcycle riders. The comments I heard and read from potential jurors would make your jaw drop. Insurance companies know that jurors in general have a bias against riders; and they use that bias to their advantage in defending these cases. Incidents like this further deepen the non-riding public's bias against riders. It's unfortunate but true. Be careful out there; and if you're in a collision, keep your cool and take lots of pictures and make sure you obtain the names of witnesses--assuming you're physically capable of doing so. If not, ride with a buddy and make sure they are informed of the same. Keep the rubber side down and shiny side up brothers and sisters.
dabimf   October 2, 2013 03:58 PM
It appears that the initial incident was started when a biker intentionally stopped in front of the suv and was clipped. The driver of the suv stopped and then was surrounded by bikers. Unknown what words were exchanged. It is not beyond belief that the driver of the suv was afraid for himself and his family and may have panicked then drove over the bikes in front of him to escape the area. I am not condoning what the driver of the suv did but I can see why it happened. The bikers started the incident and it got out of control. A sad situation all the way around. Especially the bad impression this incident may create of all those who ride motorcycles from those who don't.