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Jana Kinsman could have been killed in Logan Square area last night by driver and pals thinking they're funny

Basically, some dudes in a purple tahoe grabbed her while she was on her bike and pulled her along next to the car while she was screaming for her life.

Here's her twitter story, storified: http://storify.com/abughat/wtf

If anyone can get info or ideas for further help, please share! Be safe out there, friends.

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No one but the assailants actually know precisely what they were thinking, BTW. On GB:

http://gapersblock.com/merge/archives/2013/08/20/jana-kinsman-assau...

We are glad she is mostly OK, that is wonderful news. What a terrible, horrible interaction! It's still a good idea to call our crash support hotline (312.869.4357) to get assistance with legal/insurance follow-up. Glad she filed a report and has witnesses.

Ethan Spotts, Active Trans

Its the crime of aggravated assault.   720 ILCS 5/12.7.

The relevant portion states:

 Sec. 12-2. Aggravated assault.
    (a) Offense based on location of conduct. A person commits aggravated assault when he or she commits an assault against an individual who is on or about a public way, public property, a public place of accommodation or amusement, or a sports venue.

* * *

 (c) Offense based on use of firearm, device, or motor vehicle. A person commits aggravated assault when, in committing an assault, he or she does any of the following:

 * * *

(7) Without justification operates a motor vehicle ina manner which places a person, other than a person listed in subdivision (b)(4), in reasonable apprehension of being struck by the moving motor vehicle.

That's provision C (7).   That's also a Class 4 felony.  

They want to argue lack of "reasonable apprehension" let them.  I don't think a jury would look on that with the milk of human kindness...

Oh yes, and if Jana is a "new style" senior citizen (over 60) or is a handicapped person, the level of felony rises.   Hopefully Jana's a handicapped senior citizen.... ;)

Thanks everyone, Jana has been very grateful and shares her love on Twitter.

Be sure to reach out to her, if you want to, at http://twitter.com/reallylikeit

DNAInfo has the story splashed over the front page.

Direct link: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130820/logan-square/bike-activist-...

Although, in usual DNA style, the article contains a number of quotes directly lifted from her twitter feed, presented as if Jana spoke these words to the reporter.

So the cops say that her bag was entangled by rear view mirror. Thats kind of messed up. According to the sun times anyway

There's that tired descriptive phrase, "avid cyclist." Maybe she was, but it is immaterial to the crime that was committed against her. She was just a woman riding a bicycle on the street to get somewhere. I do think that the sometimes-inevitable "avid cyclist" qualifier serves a negative function of marking the person out as some sort of special category of person.

I dont know. to me "avid cyclist" implies that the cyclist is experienced and knows what they are doing. This would also imply that any crash would not be do to some inexperience.

David P. said:

There's that tired descriptive phrase, "avid cyclist." Maybe she was, but it is immaterial to the crime that was committed against her. She was just a woman riding a bicycle on the street to get somewhere. I do think that the sometimes-inevitable "avid cyclist" qualifier serves a negative function of marking the person out as some sort of special category of person.

Assualt and battery.

Will said:

+1 on the assault. But I'm sure a hit and run doesn't count against Chicago's violent crime stats, so it's not a case CPD actually has to "solve".

David Barish said:

This was not a hit and run. This was an assault. I am glad to hear that Jana does not have tremendous physical injuries.

It's a nice fantasy but unfortunately we don't live in a city where anyone's going to be "investigating" something like this with no apparent witnesses or identifying info. Just another police report.

Crazy David 84 Furlongs said:

I hope they find these guys.  Its a lot more than a mere hit and run.....  

Yes and no.    If these guys are found (and maybe we should all be looking for Purple Tahoe's and seeing if they have scraps on the side... if so record the license number) this is the kind of prosecution which "looks good" and earns the prosecutors "brownie points" for the politicians.   If this were a run of the mill hit and run or assault, no.   But this one has "sex appeal"...  

I know tonight I will be looking for purple Tahoe's with scraps on the passenger side... and if I see one I will write down the license number.  And if everyone on Chainlink does this, we have LOTS of eyes that cover a lot of the city....



h' 1.0 said:

It's a nice fantasy but unfortunately we don't live in a city where anyone's going to be "investigating" something like this with no apparent witnesses or identifying info. Just another police report.

Crazy David 84 Furlongs said:

I hope they find these guys.  Its a lot more than a mere hit and run.....  

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