Wife of Beaten SUV Driver Defends His Injuring Biker

"We were placed in grave danger."

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In this frame grab from video provided by the New York Police Department, motorcyclists ride alongside a sport utility vehicle, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in New York

The wife of SUV driver Alexian Lien, who was captured in a YouTube video getting chased and beaten by motorcyclists after hitting a biker on a New York City highway and driving off,  released a statement defending his actions at the wheel.

“Our plan last Sunday was to celebrate our wedding anniversary by having a nice family day out with our two-year-old daughter,” Rosalyn Ng’s statement reads. “Unfortunately, instead, we were placed in grave danger by a mob of reckless and violent motorcyclists.”

She gave sympathies to the injured motorcyclist, who his wife says may be permanently paralyzed, and his family.

“However,” the statement continues, “we were faced with a life-threatening situation, and my husband was forced under the circumstances to take the actions that he did in order to protect the lives of our entire family.”

Police have identified one of Lien’s main assailants, caught on video bashing in the SUV driver’s window. That person remains at large, but two other bikers have been arrested, though only one currently faces charges.

So far Lien has not been arrested or charged.