The family of a motorcyclist knocked down by a Range Rover during a bike rally in New York has said he may never walk again.
Jeremiah Mieses, 26, from Lawrence, Massachusetts was one of tens of bikers partaking in a rally on a New York City highway when he was run-over by the four-wheel drive.
Although police initially reported none of the bikers were injured, a Facebook page set up by Mieses' family claims he is in a coma and is paralysed from the waist down.
They also say he suffered from crushed lungs and broken ribs.
"My son is out of surgery thank God," Mieses' father Rev. Edwin Mieses wrote on his personal Facebook page.
"Now comes dealing with him not able to walk again."
The incident in which Mieses was injured was captured on the helmet-camera of another motorcyclist.
In the footage, tens of bikers can be seen surrounding a Range Rover on a New York City highway.
The drama begins when one rider traveling in front of the car suddenly slows down, forcing the four-wheel drive to run over him.
As several riders run towards the Range Rover the driver accelerates, breaking the legs of two riders as he attempts to escape.
Police believe the driver, 33-year-old Columbia graduate and internet entrepreneur Alexian Lien panicked and fled in an attempt to protect his wife Roslyn Ng and their two-year-old daughter who were also in the car.
As Lien attempts to get away, angry bikers can be seen in the video chasing him.
He eventually leaves the freeway system and is cornered when forced to stop at a red light.
The video shows one bike rider taking off his helmet and smashing through the driver's side window to get to the man.
Other riders quickly join in in the attack.
Police say several bikers beat the driver and sliced him with a knife.
Lien sustained injuries to his face and body and has two black eyes. He was taken to hospital for treatment and later released.
He is unlikely to be charged.
According to police, the large group of bikers had been attempting to take over the highway at the time of the accident.
“They just wanted this guy to slow down so they could have the whole highway to themselves," a source told the New York Post.
28-year-old Christopher Cruz is said to be the biker whose eratic driving intially caused Lien to run over him.
Cruz has been charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving and endangering the welfare of a child.
Another biker has reportedly turned himself in to police.
He is believed to be the man seen in the video bashing on Lien's front window, and is reportedly being investigated by police at New York's 33 Precinct.
He has not yet been charged.