Motorcyclist accused of starting road rage incident in New York speaks out
Last Updated: 65 days ago
NEW YORK - The motorcyclist who is accused of starting a dangerous road rage incident in New York told ABC News that he was not trying to start trouble.
Police said Christopher Cruz, 28, was the biker who started the initial accident that led to the attack. He faces reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing.
The father of two told ABC News that he was just trying to change lanes and looking for his friends.
"I never had intentions to slow him down or cause any type of problems," Cruz said. "I didn't think I was doing anything wrong with going to another lane."
Video footage shows Cruz repeatedly looking back at the occupants of a Range Rover. Police said Cruz cut off the SUV driver, 33-year-old Alexian Lien, leading to a crash.
Lien and Cruz both stopped, but they were quickly surrounded by the other bikers, who began damaging Lien's vehicle.
Lien, who was traveling with his wife and toddler, fled in fear and struck multiple bikers, police said. The other bikers gave chase, pursuing him for about 2.5 miles, and again surrounded the vehicle. The bikers then pulled Lien from the SUV and beat him, police said.
Lien received stitches and sustained injuries to the face. Cruz also suffered minor injuries and his bike was damaged.
"I do feel badly for the family that got hurt," said Cruz.
Edwin Mieses, who was among the bikers that Lien ran over, suffered broken legs and spine injuries and will be paralyzed.
Two men seen on video committing the most violent actions at the scene are in custody.
Robert Sims, 35, who allegedly grabbed the SUV's door about five minutes into the video, turned himself in to police. He faces charges of gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, police said this morning.
Reginald Chance, 38, of Brooklyn, also surrendered to police. He allegedly was the man seen on video using his helmet to smash the driver's side window of the Range Rover before the video cut off. He was arraigned on charges of gang assault, assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, and criminal mischief. Chance and his attorney conceded the criminal mischief charge, admitting that Chance smashed in the window of the SUV, but said they will fight all the other charges.
Meanwhile, two off-duty New York police officers riding with the biker group are being investigated for not intervening in the attack.
Among those off-duty officers was an undercover narcotics cop who came forward to his superiors days after the incident, according to officials. He did not get involved in the beating out of fear that his cover would be blown, sources said.
Watch Cruz's interview with ABC News below. MOBILE USERS: http://abcn.ws/17OkS1E
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