Biker Run Over in SUV Dispute Hires Celebrity Attorney Gloria AllredSubmitted by barracuda_trader on Thu, 10/03/2013 - 20:02
Edwin Mieses Jr. suffered spinal injuries and broken legs in a confrontation between an SUV and a group of riders on the West Side Highway
On the same day 100 motorcyclists rallied near his Manhattan hospital, the biker who was run over during a dispute caught on camera between a group of riders and an SUV driver hired celebrity attorney Gloria Allred to represent him in a potential case against the man who mowed him down.
The family of Edwin Mieses Jr. announced Wednesday in a statement that they retained the media-savvy Los Angeles attorney who stars in a courtroom TV show and has represented clients in lawsuits against Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and former mayoral candidate Anthony Wiener.
Mieses broke his leg and suffered spinal injuries after he and a group of bikers clashed with a Range Rover on the West Side Highway Sunday. The altercation has drawn national attention since footage from a biker's helmet-mounted camera went viral, garnering nearly 6 million YouTube views.
"There's no hope for his back," his wife Dayana Mieses told reporters. "They crushed his spine. They broke it in two different places, so he will be forever, forever paralyzed."
Mieses' wife has said her husband was the victim in the confrontation, which ended in the beating of the Range Rover's driver. Wednesday night, bikers rallied outside of the upper Manhattan hospital where the 31-year-old is recovering.
"We're not savages, we're not animals," said one rider. "We're just average people that love to ride."