Jalopnik has a fairly good writeup about the incident Sunday in New York City between motorcycle riders and a family in an SUV. The confrontation left one of the bikers paralyzed and on a ventilator in a medically induced coma.
It turns out the man in the hospital, Jay Mieses, 32, from Lawrence, Massachusetts, has never had anything other than a learner’s permit. He’s never applied for a motorcycle licence. Since 1999, he’s been ticketed 16 times by police. Because he was labeled an habitual traffic offender, his driving privileges had been revoked until the year 2017.
That period of revocation now appears to have been increased substantially. I imagine it’s hard to illegally ride a motorcycle with a severed spine.
I have zero sympathy for Jay Mieses. He clearly had no business on the road. He, along with his fellow riders, surrounded the SUV in an aggressive manner. The driver, Alexian Lien, 33, understandably felt threatened, not only for himself, but for his passengers, his wife and their two-year-old daughter. Lien took off, Mieses got run over. Sucks to be him, but that’a why you don’t act like an asshat.
Sometimes acting like a jerk will get you run over by an SUV.
The fact that the riders then chased Lien and pulled him from his vehicle, beating him until he was unconscious, leaving him bleeding on the sidewalk, tells you everything you need to know about their intentions. They weren’t good.