Jeremiah Mieses, known as Jay Meezee in rap circles, has been identified as the man who was allegedly hit by Alexian Lien during the terrifying road rage incident that happened in Manhattan on September 29, reports CBS Boston.
In the incident, depicted in a viral video, a group of bikers called the Hollywood Stuntz attempted to intimidate a driver, Lien, who was out for a Sunday drive with his family. It all turned ugly when Lien panicked, fearing for his family's safety, and ran over a biker (Mieses). Mieses, according to his family, now lies in a coma in a New York hospital with numerous broken bones and possible paralysis. The rest of the gang followed the Lien for about 80 blocks until they were able to catch up with him and physically assault him.
Here's what you need to know about Mieses:
1. His Wife Says Her Husband Was Only Trying to Help
Dayana Mieses has told CBS Boston that her husband only got off his bike during the initial altercation to help another biker who had been knocked over.
Only one man has been arrested in relation to the incident, 28-year-old Christopher Cruz (pictured above, slowing down in front of the Range Rover), who cops say was the source of all of the trouble.
But according to the Boston Globe, Mieses was a "habitual traffic offender":
Though Mieses is a Massachusetts resident, he has never had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license for a passenger vehicle and has never applied for a motorcycle license, the Registry of Motor Vehicles said. Registry records show that Mieses applied for a learner’s permit in 1999 and 2000, but that he never obtained a full license because he failed to pay fines imposed after he was ticketed for speeding in Lawrence in 1999. ... Since 1999, he has been ticketed by police 16 times .... In June, the Registry notified the National Driver Register that Mieses was a habitual traffic offender whose right to drive in Massachusetts was revoked until 2017, records show.
2. His Family Says He's Paralyzed by the Incident
Speaking to the media Dayana Mieses said: "This man needs to know he hurt someone. That man paralyzed my husband. He needs to pay for what he did."
The Mieses family have said that Jeremiah Mieses is suffering from broken bones in his leg and ribs as well as injuries to his major organs. His father has said that his son is paralyzed from the waist down.
Brother of Edwin Mieses, biker likely paralyzed in New York: "We want justice," and charges against driver of SUV #WCVB
— Liam Martin (@LiamWCVB) October 1, 2013
The NYPD have already announced that Lien will not be charged with any crime with Mieses family countering that if he had stopped after hitting Jeremiah Mieses, it would never have gotten out of hand.
Yolanda Santiago, Jeremiah's mother, said: "Justice has to be served with this gentleman who did this to my son."
3. Mieses is an Aspiring Rapper Going by the Name 'Jay Meezee'
In addition to videos on YouTube of Mieses rapping while surrounded by his biker gang brethren, reports from the Boston area say that he worked as a music studio engineer.
4. A Tribute Facebook Page Refers to Him as 'a Family Man'
Mieses is reported to be the father of two children ages 15 and 9, reports The Daily News. A Facebook page dedicated to Mieses says that a fund has been set up to help his family cover the medical costs.
5. Mieses is the Son of a Well-Known Pennsylvania Pastor
Mieses' father, the Rev. Edwin Mieses, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where he's the pastor of the Good News Church. He has been active on Facebook updating his flock on his son's progress. Comments on the church's Facebook page were sympathetic to the condition of Jeremiah Mieses, but other's on the church's official website were less forgiving. One pointed out: "Live like a thug, die like a thug."
In January 2013, Rev. Mieses was in the news for more positive reasons as he rebuilt a disused Jewish Community Center as his church had outgrown their former home in Hazleton, reports The Standard Speaker.