By now, most are familiar with the incident of the group of motorcyclists in NYC and the SUV who ran over one of them. It's a terrible situation that should not have happened. The question of course, is what actually occurred?
We've heard from the family of the motorcyclist who was run over by the driver of the SUV and who - we are told - is permanently paralyzed from his injuries. That is tragic.
At the same time, there is little information about what led up to the incident and how it escalated into what it became.
One of the available videos shows a motorcyclist in front of the SUV and starts to slow down. The video then goes dark. According to police, the motorcyclist actually slowed down enough so that the SUV bumped him. "The biker then cuts in front of the Range Rover and, still staring at the driver, suddenly slows down. It isn't captured on the video, but the motorcycle and SUV bumped, police said."
That particular motorcyclist - Christopher Cruz of Passaic, N.J. - "was charged Wednesday with reckless driving and unlawful imprisonment. His bail was set at $1,500 cash."
It was at that point, that Edwin Mieses, came over to help Cruz, who had been knocked down by the SUV. We then see on the video the SUV driver attempts to leave the scene and does so by running over one of the bikers - Mieses.
At this point, several bikers give chase and since at least one of the tires on the SUV had already been slashed (by one or more of the bikers), the SUV had to eventually stop. At that point, bikers swarmed the SUV, smashed the driver's side window and pulled the driver - Alexian Lien, 33 - out of the car and began physically assaulting him. He was eventually taken to the hospital where he required stitches on his face and had two black eyes.
Of course, people are divided over this situation. Mieses family - including his father who is the pastor of a church in Pennsylvania - blames the SUV driver. I have yet to read one word of empathy/sympathy for the SUV driver.
Even though it is highly doubtful that the bikers want people to see the numerous videos that were recorded (by the bikers themselves) prior to and leading up to the incident with the SUV, these videos help us gain the full picture of what the mindset of the bikers were that day. The videos can be seen here and here.
If you choose to watch the videos, you will see many of the bikers from the group (20 to 30 in total), weaving in and out of traffic, riding on the sidewalk and on the opposite side of the road, as well as running red lights. Why? I'm sure they thought it was hilarious. I would be willing to bet that had a biker been hit while riding on the opposite side of the road, the rest of the bikers might have attacked that driver as well. They had an attitude that says "we are bikers and we own the road!"
As a motorcyclist myself - Suzuki Marauder 1600cc - I have been riding for a while. I like to ride, but I'm very careful. I realize that it is difficult to see motorcyclists because they have a thin profile, especially at night. Most accidents with motorcyclists occur in intersections when a car turns in front of the cycle. It's because either the driver of the vehicle was not paying attention or simply did not realize the motorcycle was approaching the intersection. The speed of a motorcycle can also be deceiving too leaving drivers thinking it is going slower than it is going.
As a motorcyclist, I am constantly on my guard - who is behind me or on the side of me? and who is coming at me from the front? Some people also hate motorcyclists because of the way many motorcyclists drive or simply because they are jealous that a motorcycle can squeeze into places a car or truck cannot.
When I lived in California, I enjoyed the "lane sharing" law. That meant that when pulling up to a traffic light, I could go in between the cars up to the crosswalk. This gave me greater safety because I would not be hit from behind by a driver who was not paying attention. Of course, there are drivers who hate that motorcyclists can do this and have opened their doors or thrown things at the rider. I learned quickly how often motorcyclists in California abused this law. It was really only supposed to be used when traffic was going very slowly or at a standstill. Too many would use it going 70 mph or more.
What happened in NYC on Sunday, September 29th? Tragedy. Could it have been avoided? Of course. Who is culpable? It appears to me that had not the bikers been hotdogging and trying to make their presence known, Christopher Cruz would not have gone to jail and Edwin Mieses would not be permanently paralyzed right now, his rapper career in ruins. He has a wife who lays all the blame at the feet of the SUV driver.
I hope the courts figure this out. Ultimately, bikers like these are menaces and give all bikers a bad name.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.