Nightly News   |  October 03, 2013

Wife of SUV driver says bikers put family in ‘grave danger’

Video of Alexian Lien’s black SUV racing up the west side of Manhattan vividly captures dozens of bike riders pursuing the car. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> this evening we are learning what it was like for the family inside the range rover targeted by a swarm of bikers here in new york. the video of the violent chase has received wide circulation this week. we get an update tonight from nbc 's stephanie gosk.

>> reporter: the video of alexian lein's black suv racing up the west side of manhattan vividly captured dozens of bike riders pursuing the car. what can only be imagined is the family's reaction inside. sources at the nypd tell nbc news lein's wife was clearly scared. she called 911 four times. first at 1:52 p.m . she told the operator, quote, we are surrounded by a group of bikers. police arrived at 2:00 p.m . by then slein had been pulled from the car and beaten. she said her family was in grave danger. while expressing sympathy for the biker hit by the suv she defended her husband. we were faceded with a life threatening situation. my husband was forced under the circumstances to take the actions that he did. newly posted vided owe appeared to show trouble brewing in the hours leading up to the confrontation. bikers jumped curbs, ran red lights , and popped wheelies on the wrong side of the road . today lawmakers called for a crackdown.

>> they really have a total disregard for the safety of residents and pedestrians as well as other drivers.

>> reporter: victor rodriguez worries all motorcyclists are being tarred by the same brush.

>> not everybody who rides a bike is out there to, you know, ride for wrong, to do anything bad.

>> reporter: but the guys that are?

>> the guys that are have to grow up, man up, whatever you call it.

>> reporter: still vigorously investigating police hope to send the same message. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york.