NBC News:

The wife of an SUV driver who was beaten after a clash with a swarm of bikers on a New York City highway said Thursday that she and her husband were out celebrating their anniversary when they were “placed in grave danger by a mob of reckless and violent motorcyclists.”

In a statement released through a law firm on behalf of the family, the wife of driver Alexian Lien said that her husband “was forced under the circumstances to take the actions that he did in order to protect the lives of our entire family.”

“We know in our hearts that we could not have done anything differently,” she said.

The family expressed sympathy for rider Edwin "Jay" Mieses — who was run over and possibly paralyzed when Lien sped from the scene in a panic — but said there was no other choice because they were "faced with a life-threatening situation."

"Our fear for our lives was confirmed when the incident ended with the ruthless and brutal attack on my husband, me, and, most importantly, our two-year-old child," the statement said.

For more, including video footage of the incident, visit: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/03/20800978-family-says-suv-driver-in-biker-clash-was-placed-in-grave-danger-by-mob?lite

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