NEW YORK—The lawyer for Edwin Mieses Jr, also known as Jay Meezee, the biker who was hit by a Range Rover on Sept. 29, said Mieses was trying to disperse the other motorcyclists just before the SUV driver ran him over.
Mieses was run over by a black Range Rover driven by Alexian Lien. Lien, his wife, and two-year-old daughter were on the West Side Highway when a group of motorcyclists surrounded them. Lien and his wife said they had “feared for their lives,” before Lien accelerated through the crowd of motorcycles and ran Mieses over.
Lien was then chased by a group of bikers. When he came to a stop, a biker bashed his driver’s side window with a helmet and proceeded to beat him.
“Edwin Mieses Jr, also known as Jay, is an innocent victim who was trying to help the driver of the SUV when he was run over,” his lawyer, Gloria Allred said, at a press conference in a Manhattan hotel on Oct. 4.
Mieses’ long-time girlfriend, and the mother of their two children, Dayana Mejia, said he was not a gang member or a thug.
“It tears me up that anyone could think that Edwin in any way deserves what happened to him,” Mejia said.
Mieses woke up from a medically induced coma two days ago. After being hit by Lien’s SUV, Mieses has a broken spine in two places, several broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a torn aorta. His family said doctors told them he might never walk again.
Mieses’s lawyer, Allred, would not answer questions about his criminal record. She also deflected questions about him driving without a license to get from his home in Lawrence, Mass., to the rally, and about him taking part in the rally without ever obtaining a motorcycle license.
“The evidence is irrefutable,” she said. “That when he was struck by the SUV he was not on his bike, he was standing. Therefore, what the status of his license is or was, in our view it is not relevant.”
Allred said other bikers present when he was struck told her that Mieses was trying to help.
The District Attorney’s office is still investigating the host of incidents surrounding Sunday’s unpermitted bike rally, including Mieses being run over and the SUV driver later being assaulted.
Police have not spoken to Mieses yet, but will when his condition improves. Mieses himself may also speak with media, or issue a statement.
“Edwin, Jay, is not a member of any gang. He loves to ride motorbikes and came to New York City with his best friend to participate in a ride, nothing more. He did not know any of the other participants, except for the friend who came with him,” his lawyer, Gloria Allred said.
No charges against Lien have been filed as police await the results of the district attorney’s investigation.