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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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OMG. I haven't even heard of this flavor of assault for decades. I had hoped it was over.

The question was asked "what sort of person would do this?" Young men. Young men in packs. And particularly young men in packs who are drunk.

Cyclists are simply vulnerable to this. We depend on the civility of others. We balance on two small points on the pavement. The limitation on this kind of attack is that it is not so easy to pull off. The driver of the vehicle has to coordinate with the grabber and that is only automatic in Hollywood. I know that because it was attempted on me maybe 10 times. Instead of a grab it would become a slap or a punch or  fingertips snagging fabric. I'm not counting air-slaps. Once it was a slap with a liquor bottle and ribs broke. Only once did the assailant get a good handful of jersey. Down I went.

I got more than my share because I was riding in the 1960s and being of driving age and riding a bike was considered gay. I sometimes wore bike shorts (wool) and that was a flaming red flag to anyone who was assaultive. Whenever I could make out what they were screaming it was homophobic. In every case there was alcohol. If they couldn't make a clean grab they would throw bottles. There's no way to prove it but I will believe this happened to Jana because she is female.

The SunTimes (police report?) story that a mirror snagged a bag strap is so physically unlikely whoever proposed that should be ashamed of themselves.

This just so sad. I'm glad Jana survived. I was so young and made of india rubber when it happened to me. By the time I was 27 that phase had already been over for years.

Someone said something about guns. No. You'll never have the time to use it. And no possibility of a clear shot while in traffic. If you want protection via technology we could all get GoPro cameras and document 24/7. Probably this crew will not be caught. They don't have any life anyone would want, they're punishing themselves already. We can only hope they don't do more damage on their way out. And watch out for each other when we can.

We just did an interview with ABC for 10pm news. They are on their way to talk to Jana now.

Ethan, Active Trans

I would hate to be driving a purple tahoe over the next few days in this city. 

How many purple Tahoes are there? 30,000 cameras in Chicago hope it's on one.

Not many. I don't think purple was ever a stock Tahoe color.

Mike Zumwalt said:

How many purple Tahoes are there? 30,000 cameras in Chicago hope it's on one.

It was Maroon. Not purple

Justin B Newman said:

Not many. I don't think purple was ever a stock Tahoe color.

Mike Zumwalt said:

How many purple Tahoes are there? 30,000 cameras in Chicago hope it's on one.

I had to dig all the way back to... Aug 20 2013 for this one:

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/boredom-led-us-teens-to-kil...

John C. Wilson said:

The question was asked "what sort of person would do this?" Young men. Young men in packs. And particularly young men in packs who are drunk.

Aussie baseball player killed by bored kids with nothing better to do.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57599302/aussie-baseball-player...

Wow....ridiculous...is this becoming more common?!?!  I'm glad she is "ok"...

My friend was recently assaulted while on his bike (Damen/Chicago area).  They forced him and bike to curb, got out and beat him up...in order to take his messenger bag and contents.

I just saw her story on the news.  That is so scary!  That thought has occurred to me when I see people's elbows sticking out of the windows.  

Anyone organizing a donation account or fundraiser to help with hospital bills and bike repair?

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