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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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This story and, unfortunately, the many others that have come before it SCARES THE SHIT OUT OF ME!! Please pardon the language but that is some scarey shit. In spite of the fact that there are low-life's, I guess, trying to take the joy out of it, I still LOVE to ride and will continue to do so safely, cautiously and w/ the awareness of a city-dwelling squirrel; sad that we have to ride like that but it is what it is...

RIDE ON ~ CHAINLINKER'S ~ RIDE ON!!!

& hang in there Jana

surveillance video of the aftermath of the attack: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130821/logan-square/cyclist-grabbe...

Trib just posted this story, appears there was a fatal hit-and-run last night with a vehicle matching the description in Jana's incident:

Police are asking for the public's help identifying the driver and vehicle that killed an elderly man in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday on the city's Northwest Side.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Norman Esho, 83, had crossed the street near his family's video store near California and Devon avenues when he was struck by a maroon or red SUV, police said.

The vehicle, described as either a GMC, a Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban, kept going and was last seen southbound on California Avenue, police said. The vehicle had shiny custom rims.

Esho of the 6300 block of North Francisco Avenue was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the driver should contact the Major Accident Investigation Unit at 312-745-4521.

And they manage to track down the driver.

And the driver says "Hmm, I don't remember anything about a cyclist... if I accidentally cut someone off, I'm sorry."

Then what?

Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:

It is for this exact reason that I have a camera rolling at all times when I ride.

I don't believe we're conflating at all here. What happened to me and Eli was assault. What happened to Jana was battery. There's no such thing as "attempted aggression". Either someone is threatening or not. Any threat of violence, verbal or otherwise, is considered assault. Once physical contact is made, it becomes a different issue altogether.

h' 1.0 said:

That sucks.... but we're conflating situations with actual physical aggression with acts that appeared to be attempted aggression here. I am not questioning Adam's perception that the cabbie acted deliberately and aggressively in his situation, but without actual contact with the cab it's going to end up being a "your word against thers" situation and is not going to be considered worth devoting resources to by the majority of cops.

Eli said:

Adam's experience is entirely consistent with my own attempts to report driver assaults. In one case the driver actually got out of the car and punched me, in a situation where I was a pedestrian in the LFT-Montrose crosswalk. I was repeatedly hung up on by multiple cops (and if you think you can get a badge number from a cop over the phone, you're living in a different world than I am) and strongly discouraged from filing a report when I finally visited the station in person. I did persist in filing the report but of course the promised followup call from a detective never came. Would be nice if the CPD spent half as much time doing what it claims to do as it does on these bullshit PR puff-pieces wherein it claims to do them.

Serg posted that on page 4 or so. Does it look like the police or the media have made the connection that it could be the same perp?

spencewine said:

Trib just posted this story, appears there was a fatal hit-and-run last night with a vehicle matching the description in Jana's incident:

Police are asking for the public's help identifying the driver and vehicle that killed an elderly man in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday on the city's Northwest Side.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Norman Esho, 83, had crossed the street near his family's video store near California and Devon avenues when he was struck by a maroon or red SUV, police said.

The vehicle, described as either a GMC, a Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban, kept going and was last seen southbound on California Avenue, police said. The vehicle had shiny custom rims.

Esho of the 6300 block of North Francisco Avenue was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the driver should contact the Major Accident Investigation Unit at 312-745-4521.

It would be great if CDOT removed an entire lane of parked cars along Kimball Ave. and put in a Dearborn type lane. I used to live along that corridor and have experienced a few way to close aggressive drivers, one even pointing a gun at me for "being in the way".

Wow, WTF! Jana my heart goes out to you. I could not even imagine what you went through and what that would have felt like. I'm glad to hear that you didn't have any broken bones or worst not here with us. Wishing you a quick recovery!

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