NEW YORK A motorcycle rider seriously injured when an was recently arrested in Massachusetts for driving with a revoked license.
Edwin Mieses Jr., of Lawrence, Mass., was struck on Sunday. He broke both legs and suffered a spine injury that his family says will leave him paralyzed.
According to police and Massachusetts motor vehicle records, Mieses hasn't had a valid license or permit to drive in the state since 1999. He also never applied for a motorcycle license.
It isn't clear if he had been licensed in any other state.
He was arrested most recently on May 24 in Andover, Mass., and has had dozens of other violations.
His attorney had no comment.
Mieses' friends and family held a rally for him Wednesday evening outside of St. Luke's-Roosevelt hospital and have said that the Lawrence, Mass.-resident, known as Jay Meezee, is the true victim. Jaime Reyes said his friend was doing well, all things considered.
"Hopefully I get to see him walk again and ride again and share special moments with him again," he said. "But for right now, we're all just praying for him and thinking positive that he's going to pull through and make it through this."
His wife, Dayana Mieses, said the motorcycle riders had wrongly been vilified in the episode.
"When you look at the video, you can see he's running over something,""It's not just a motorcycle; it's a human being that was under there."