Family involved in SUV-biker clash was in ‘fear for our lives’

The NYPD has not charged Lien, and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has suggested that if he feared for his life, he may have been within his legal rights to speed away from the scene, hitting other bikers surrounding his SUV in the process.

The biker who slowed down in front of Lien, Christopher Cruz, 28, of Passaic, N.J., was charged with reckless driving and unlawful imprisonment. His lawyer told reporters he had committed no crime.

Another biker was arrested by police after he was seen hitting the Range Rover with his hands, but prosecutors declined to bring charges and sources said he did not take part in the assault.

Another 37-year-old biker was expected to surrender within 24 hours of Thursday evening, a law enforcement official told NBCNewYork.com.

Police have said the motorcycles were part of a loosely organized, unauthorized rally called Hollywood Stuntz that hoped to take over Times Square.

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who said the upper Manhattan district he represents has become “the Wild West of motorcycle riders,” called for legislation to outlaw large packs of law-flouting riders on highways.

“I am here to denounce the despicable behavior of these motorcycle crews that have made it their business to come across this neighborhood and the city and just basically disobey all traffic regulations,” he said, releasing a video of motorcycles massed near a gas station about an hour before the incident with Lien.

“They get on the sidewalks. They drive on the wrong side of the street. They really have a total disregard for safety of residents and pedestrians and other drivers.”

NBC News’ Alex Moe contributed to this report.

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