Alexian Lien, the man seen on video being beaten on a New York highway by a group of bikers, broke down on the witness stand when he testified in the trial of an undercover cop and co-defendant, reports the New York Daily News.
His car with his wife and child inside were surrounded by a group of angry motorcyclists in September 2013. A terrified Lien was behind the wheel. He had just bumped up against cyclist Christopher Cruz who witnesses said slowed down in front of Lien.
“I’m horrified at this point and I recall asking my wife: ‘What do I do?’
“Just go,” he quoted his wife as saying.
“I see there’s an opening and I just go — and knowing that I did hit someone,” he said. “I just wanted to escape the situation.”
“I’m scared. I’m scared s—less,” Lien went on to say on the stand.
Lien had hit biker Edwin Mieses during his escape, leaving him paralyzed.
Undercover officer Wojciech Braszczok is on trial with co-defendant Robert Sims.
“He comes about scene one and he observes Mr. Mieses being run over by a 4,000-pound Range Rover,” Braszczok’ attorney John Arlia argued. “You have to appreciate his perspective.”
Arlia said his client was just chasing down Lien like a cop would after seeing someone being run over.
You can read about more of Lien’s testimony in the New York Daily News and in the story below from CBS.