Lawrence father critically hurt in NYC motorcycle accident
LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -- 32-year-old Edwin Mieses of Lawrence was one of the bikers struck in a viral YouTube video, which shows several motorcyclists riding next to a black SUV in New York City.
Yolanda Santiago said her son is hospitalized, and in critical condition, with a broken back, torn aorta and is in a medically induced coma.
“He damaged my son’s life forever. My family forever. He destroyed my son. He is never going to walk again,” said Santiago.
New York Police have charged one of the bikers, but Mieses’ family members say it's the SUV driver who should be charged. They said the bikers were on their annual "Ride Out" in New York and that the bikers were just trying to get the SUV to slow down and not drive so close to them.
Christopher Cruz, 28, of Passaic, N.J., declined to comment as he was released on $1,500 bail, facing misdemeanor charges that also include unlawful imprisonment. His attorney, H. Benjamin Perez, said his client denied all the allegations.
The SUV driver, Alexian Lien, 33, was taken to a hospital for stitches for his face. His wife and 2-year-old were not injured. A call to his home wasn't returned Wednesday.
Cruz's attorney said his client wasn't involved in the beating. Cruz has previous arrests in New Jersey, including a theft case in which he pleaded guilty, according to Manhattan prosecutors. Court records concerning the New Jersey case weren't immediately available.
Edwin is married and a father of two. He is an aspiring rapper who loved music and motorcycling. Santiago said the family is considering legal action against the SUV driver.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.