Neis reportedly had his son, 15, in the car with him when he sped through the crowd of cyclists. Moments after their car ran through the pack of riders, the pair abandoned the vehicle. On Monday, Neis, who works at a bank, and his son said that cyclists had begun hitting their car, a VW Golf, according to Zero Hora.[npr.org]
I imagine the self-defense defense will be a hard sell but, on the other hand, it's hard to imagine a banker with his son in the car just up and deciding to toothpaste a bunch of bicyclists. The video doesn't show the lead up, but the event itself is fairly intense.