Lawyer: Biker in SUV Attack ‘Overreacted’ but Didn’t Beat Driver

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The lawyer for a biker captured on video smashing his shiny helmet into an SUV window in New York concedes his client “overreacted” but claims he did not take part in beating the driver.


Thirty-five year old Robert Sims, one of two bikers allegedly linked to a clash between a motorcycle gang and an SUV driver, was arraigned in criminal court Oct. 5 on charges of assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon. (Credit: CNN)

Reginald Chance, 37, is charged with the felonies of first-degree assault and gang assault in the beating of driver Alexian Lien on September 29.

Video from a rider’s helmet camera showed bikers, apparently angered when Lien’s SUV bumped a biker who slowed abruptly, pursuing the vehicle until they could surround it and beat on the windows. Other photos show Lien beaten bloody and lying on the pavement.

Defense lawyer Gregory Watts said it’s “a given” that Chance hit the SUV’s window with his helmet. But he said Chance then walked away.

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