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Bike-a-Bee founder injured in hit-and-run attack

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Chicago woman who launched Bike-A-Bee — a bicycling beekeeping project — was hit and dragged by a SUV while riding her bike late Monday in Logan Square.

Active in Chicago's biking and social media community, Jana Kinsman, 27, took to Twitter hours later to describe the 12:20 a.m. hit-and-run crash in the 2600 block of North Kimball, even providing a police report number to help catch the driver: "So last night I was attacked while riding my bicycle," she tweeted.

Kinsman says she was riding her bike near the intersection of Wrightwood and Kimball---going north on Kimball--when a maroon or purple Chevy Tahoe pulled up. That's when someone in the rear passenger side grabbed her bag and held her as they sped up.

While the occupants inside the SUV laughed, she screamed, as her bike slammed into a parked car. The SUV sped off.

"You know, since they were only holding me for three seconds or so until my bike hit a parked car, off to my right it was probably still around 12 or 13 miles per hour, I don't know," Kinsman told FOX 32 News in an interview. "I could hear them like revving the engine and I was like, ‘Oh God, let go of me.'"

Kinsman says it was a collision that probably saved her life. Now, she wants every driver on the road to know what happened to her isn't that uncommon.

"I think that this is that conversation that needs to be had about street harassment, you know, a harassing cyclist," she says. "I just feel like this culture that you can yell at somebody who's on a bike or make jokes by swerving with your car its sick!"

Police said Kinsman refused medical attention. But she later went to the emergency room to be treated for cuts and scrapes on her arm, elbow, knee and side.

People who ride and walk near that intersection say it's time for everyone on the road to just slow down.

"You know what it's not so so so bad out here but you know what sometimes it's not their fault it's the drivers fault---they don't respect them," neighbor Yvonne Melenvez says.

"It's summer time so there's a lot of cars on the road but it's very obvious that people don't always pay attention to where they're driving," says Steve Perharch, a cyclist.

Last year, Kinsman, also an illustrator and graphic designer, raised $7,000 on Kickstarter for hive equipment and packages of bees, which she uses to maintain urban farms and gardens around town.

For most of the year, she rides her bike two days a week and cares for 15 hives located across the city, including in front of an elementary school in Lake View, according to her website.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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