Updated at 5:30 p.m. CST – The British press have announced the name of the driver of the Range Rover as Alexian Lien; the passengers were his wife Rosalyn Ng and their five-month old daughter.
The international press is going wild on Monday after a video emerged from an altercation between a group of motorcyclists in New York City and a family of three in a Range Rover. According to sources, the driver of the black SUV ‘accidentally collided with one’ of the motorcyclists; the driver claims the bikes were riding ‘erratically’ when the fracas occurred around 1:30 p.m. EST on Sunday on the West Side Highway.
The thirty-something driver had his young daughter and wife in the vehicle and told law enforcement that he ‘feared for his life’ and that is why he sped through – and over – several motorcycles during the course of the afternoon.
The video was first posted in Australia and initial reports were that a rider was killed; however, as of Monday afternoon, that information has not been confirmed by NYC law enforcement.
After the initial impact of the SUV and one of the motorcycles, the driver sped off and the riders took off after him in an effort to get him to stop. While the video runs for more than six minutes, it does not show how the chase began. At one point during the clip, the riders manage to block the SUV and dozens of motorcyclists are seen sitting on their bikes at a standstill. Suddenly, the Range Rover bounces up into view as the driver took the hasty action of driving up – and over – stationary motorcycles and riders.
At this point in the video, it becomes rather evident that the proverbial gloves are off and now the bikers are less than happy. The joys of midtown Manhattan traffic finally put a stop to the SUV and one enthusiastic rider drops his bike and uses his helmet to break in the driver’s side window.
“The events that occurred are unfortunate,” said motorcycle lawyer Chuck Koro. “It is always best to contact the police immediately as soon as a traffic collision occurs so a proper and thorough investigation can be conducted.”
The driver was taken to a local hospital and treated to lacerations to his body and face. A NYPD spokesman stated there were no other injuries reported.
The video was captured by the helmet cam of a motorcyclist and, the reality, is that whoever taped and posted that chase will ultimately be responsible for having his riding companions cited or incarcerated since law enforcement can now analyze the footage for the license plates of the bikes.