Smash my window = Bang by bongo
Trajan Vivens, 23, is asking for help raising money for his recovery after someone hit him with a drum.
A bicyclist who was conked in his head with a drum in a clash with a driver that was caught on video has started a GoFundMe to pay for his recovery.
The cyclist, Trajan Vivens, 23, was hit after he broke the back window of a van with a lock in an escalating dispute that started Sunday evening.
In a post on the fundraising site GoFundMe, Vivens wrote that he needs to repair his teeth, and his insurance will only cover a portion of the cost.
Vivens had raised $335 as of Tuesday morning but needs $4,000 to cover the costs of braces, he wrote.
“Due to a racist a—— smacking me upside the head with a drum, I am now in need of braces,” Vivens wrote. “My insurance does not cover all of [that], and I only need $4,000 to cover the rest of the surgery.
“Help me get my face back, please.”
Vivens said he was knocked off his bike by the van driver near Presence St. Mary’s Hospital, 2233 W. Division St.
Vivens, a Pilsen resident, said he was leaving the hospital’s emergency room after visiting a friend when he turned on Leavitt Street and was knocked off his bike by the van headed south.
“He clipped me as I was coming out of the hospital. I went up to him and told him that he clipped me,” Vivens told DNAinfo Chicago. The driver then swore at him and used the n-word, he said.
“That term has a lot behind it. It was straight anger. That was what I was feeling,” said Vivens.
The short video of the incident begins with the two arguing and cursing each other. Vivens can be heard calling the van driver the n-word, which, he said in the interview, “I used it back on him because I was angry.”
The two separated, and after the driver got back into his van, Vivens ran up, broke the back window of the driver’s van and ran to his bike.
In response to being called a racial slur, Vivens said, “I busted his window with my U-Lock.”
On the video, the driver can be seen getting out of the driver’s side front door, opening the van’s hatch and removing what appears to be a drum. The driver runs after Vivens and hits him on the head from behind, knocking Vivens off his bike.
The video, which ends with the driver walking back to his van and returning the drum to the rear area of his vehicle, was posted on Facebook late Sunday and has received more than 4 million views.
Vivens said he went to the hospital after regaining consciousness and found that he had suffered a broken jaw, a split lip and a few loose teeth in the fight.
A police report of the incident was not immediately available. The assault occurred in the 1200 block of North Leavitt Street.
Vivens said he does not know who taped the incident.
A kitchen worker at a brewpub in Pilsen who bikes “all day every day,” Vivens said he will need to take off some time from his job because of his injuries.
“I can’t even speak. I can’t even chew. I am stuck eating liquids for the next six months,” he said.
valov: The sound… such a nice “tump” 🙂
JaviAir: Watch this remix! https://streamable.com/svw0a
RussellManiac: I love how the guy mutters “A**hole” on his way back to his SUV.
ItHertzWhenIP: That’s technically a djembe.
Perrinho: Pretty reckless behaviour to be honest. That poor kid now probably has a serious percussion.
blackjesushiphop: The best part of this video is how the white guy stays completely even keel. Like this is the 10th crackhead he has had to beat down with his trusty bongo that day.
Just like…”here we go again….”
GeoffTheGiraffe: ??Bingo bango bongo I dont wanna leave the Congo…??
i_reddited_it: I like the calmness and civility behind his attack. It was a gentleman’s attack. Like taking off a glove to slap a challenger for a duel.
kaellind: When your bard crits with a melee attack.
HugSized: Damn, that drum is stronk
partytime71: Saw the title and thought, did he misspell something? Is there some kind of drum in the video, or is bong someone’s name or name of their pet?
Yep, there was a drum.
Defaetist: Tried Hit&Run – got hit by drum. The impact sound is funny as hell. *pöck*
RedditIsAngry: Of all things I’d think of grabbing out of my trunk, I could never picture myself thinking “I should have hit him with my bongos!”
WIZKIDBOYO: This is the most comical shit ive seen in months
MildlyExceptional: Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
SlippySlappy420: The best part is when the SUV trying to pass honks at the bicyclist laying in the street.
BLAHFUK: I like that he knew exactly what he was pulling out of the trunk, no hesitation. ‘This motherfucker’s gettin the bongo’
-Dubwise-: The beeps ruin this video.
TheMustacheBandit: Shoulda just rode away. Hope he learned a hard lesson.
j_boogie_96: That’s a djembe
radioactivecowlick: I love how he doesn’t even hesitate to grab the bongo and he’s so nonchalant about the whole thing.
“What’s the damage? huh. Bongo time.”
coma73: Did I just watch a dude get knocked out with a bongo? Did I see that?
Boruzu: Relevant: https://youtu.be/010aaw1Ajo0
toyman70: The sound and stroll back to his van after the hit was straight up loony tunes shit. A+
Professional-Genius: Fucking NICE.
HeyStripesVideos: that made the exact sound I was hoping for
Quikmix: Title of the post was even more glorious than the video
TiredPaedo: Should have kept on hitting him.
Not like you’ll be getting the price of that window out of anything but his worthless ass.
devotchko: Did anybody else stood up and clap at the end? Still wrong to assault someone, but FUCK that felt good.
Leggo-my-eggos: That sound was amazing
ColeDoubtside: The sweet sound o’ Justice.
kalidorisconan: that sound was great!
3rdParty2012: Thought he was reaching in for a crowbar, or a bat… nope bongo.
Nexyna: It’s so ridiculous, it seems like he was waiting for that moment. Or had it happen before
red_005: I thought it was funny he opened the trunk door after the window was broken
supercovertguy: That’s a djembe, not a bongo. Djembes are much heavier
snorkblaster: I now have “BANG BY BONGO!” cycling through my head in Cornholio’s voice.
filthy-fetus: Not to be a downer but that’s a djembe
porktron: stupid that he wants others to foot his bill because he has anger mgmt issues. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
from_the_sidelines: *Domed by djembe
sundazefeeling: Such a beautiful clip
shamewow88: This is hilarious but I cant imagine myself walking away from someone who broke my car window. I would detain him and call the police… replacement of that window is on him..
RDGOAMS: booth should be arrested
Retrogressiv3: He got stunned by a bongo totem. Still feel bad for the broken window though.
Optional_Reading: FUCK YES!!!
I-lack-conviction: This seems more like retribution not justice
Chiefbusso: I love how he didn’t get completely knocked out and felt the fall
WickStanker: Who the fuck censors youtube videos.
internetbob: I really liked the BONG from the BONGO! I think I shall make it my ringtone.
kevingp12: What the hell was the cyclist hit with in the head?
baitshopboy: this is Chicago so I’m surprised that nobody got shot
jomynow: So breaking a window bad but assaulting someone with a drum good?
WINZOW: Brain damage trade for property damage, seems reasonable.
I have a hard time feeling sorry for the bike rider; especially since you see him clearly engage the other guy by breaking his window AFTER the other guy was already walking away.