Lori Braun A.K.A. “Crash”

Lori Braun A.K.A. “Crash”
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I was riding my bike in the mountains of Pennsylvania. I saw a big black bear, and he started chasing me down the path. I quickly took off, rode my bike as fast as I could to tell my friends Janet and Joe to watch out for the wild bear. I hit a rock in the road at high speed as the bear lunged at me.

Luckily my bike was still flying through the air and hit the bear in the side of the head. He ran away. We all lived to tell the story. Some of these photos are graphic. Please have a strong stomach!

Lori Braun

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18 Responses to "Lori Braun A.K.A. “Crash”"

  1. Tanuki  September 12, 2005 at 7:45 pm


  2. Jeff Gray  September 13, 2005 at 6:43 pm

    I’m happy to hear that you’re safe.It could’ve been worse.Think of the folks down in LA.& MS.TC.

  3. robert holubowic  September 13, 2005 at 9:26 pm

    Never mess with bears!!

  4. lori  September 14, 2005 at 12:02 am

    Thank you Jeff. It could have been much worse.
    I should be more careful!

  5. Lori  September 14, 2005 at 12:05 am

    Hi Robert,
    That bear could have ripped my head off!!!!! :)

  6. Eric  September 14, 2005 at 12:41 am

    Ok, let me get this straight, not only were you attacked by a bear but you got a picture of it?

    By the way, doesn’t your picture indicate a brown bear? (you wrote it was a black bear?) to be honest it sort of looks like a grizzly bear?

    Do you realize how unusual it is for a bear to attack someone? Only three reasons: 1) there were cubs nearby (which I doubt because you were on a bike and would have been in and out fast unless you stopped to take a picture (hmmm). or 2) It was rabid (which I doubt, i think they found one rabid bear in the last few years) or 3) it was a man-eater

    I would lean towards #1 because it ran away after getting hit by the bike but the whole things sounds bizarre. I am guessing your heart must have been beating so hard it hurt. Anyway, at least there are no bears in Hoboken. :-)

  7. Lauren Powers  September 14, 2005 at 1:29 am

    Hey pumpkin head!! I leave you alone for a minute and look what happens. By the way, nice blue toes!!
    I miss you and need to come visit…. I am thinking of coming to NYC the end of Sept. or beginning of Oct….. what do ya think??

    Love you, and take care of yourself mama!
    PS Watch out for bears.

  8. Jake  September 14, 2005 at 9:28 am

    I’ve a huge animal fan and the problem I have with this story is that it’s hard to believe. For one reason bears can run at 30 to 40 miles per hours. You on a bike couldn’t ride fast enough to get away. The other thing is the only way that bear would have chased you is if you were eating food or teasing it with food, or it was protecting it’s young. Black bears are more frighten of you then you of them. They always try to avoid humans. Its nature…Also if this bear did it once it would have been public or should have been public knowledge and they would have to remove the bear and relocated it to protect other people traveling this path.

    So forgive me if I find this story hard to believe. I believe you took a spill, but not because of a bear chasing you.

  9. Rick Gillespie  September 14, 2005 at 10:07 am

    Dear Lori: Let me say I hope your recovery is rapid and painless. Let me relate a similiar story. When I was 8 yrs old I was up in the Pocono Mts and I took off down a path about 1/2 mile from our house and there was a steep eneven rocky terrain that went directly down the mountain. Being invincible at the age of 8 going on 21 I took this brand new bike from the top of this mountain and looked over to my right and from the woods I saw out of the corner of my eye this humongist big dark thing on two legs with outrageously big brown eyes and running towards me with these things called claws coming directly at me. Lets just say I put the feet to the pedals and that bike motored down that Mountain like you never seen. I never looked back and in an instant I was literally flying through the air. No helmet (we didn’t wear them in those days) and the next moment my face hit those stones rocks and dirt and I kissed the ground we walk on w/out even an embrace. Now scared like the dickens to walk back up that Mountain avoid that creature and crying like a little baby w/my face all bloody and could barely see through my closed eyes I walked that bike all the way back up that mountain (It was unbikable at that point) scared like no boy had ever been scared before and walked that bike all the way back to the house. When I was greeted at the driveway by my uncle my dad and my grandmom they could not recognize either myself or the bike. When i told the story to them after what seemed like hours of iodine and water treatment they finally set out with shutguns in search of the creature and came back hours later to let me know the creature would bother me no more. I did sleep that night like I never slept before knowing that I was so loved that the new bike was not what was important to my family it was that I was loved and the odds of them finding that creature was about as remote as me ever seeing it.

  10. lori  September 14, 2005 at 11:31 am

    Yes, I did get a photo of the bear. It could have been a brown bear. I’m not sure. He was mad at me though. It was quite strange. I was not that scared!!!!
    Talk to you soon Eric.

  11. lori  September 14, 2005 at 11:37 am

    Hi there Pumpkin Head!!!! I know…if you were there you would have wrestled the bear down and squeezed him in a crazy tight headlock. Poor, poor bear.
    Glad you like my blue toes!!! I like blue better then green. For Halloween I may do them pumpkin orange just for you.
    I miss you too. The end of Sept would be better. I may not be in New York in October.
    What do you think? Promise to be more careful.


  12. Antony Reg  September 14, 2005 at 1:34 pm

    Hey…..Lori….what’s up …..are you an ROADIE in Pennsylvania ? You have done a Mouse …goddammit !!! Take Care…..

    Antony Reg

    Hi Anthony,
    I did get a little carried away. What is a Mouse?
    Did I really do one?


  13. Jeff Goldstein  September 14, 2005 at 7:44 pm

    Poor bubby! This wouldn’t have happened if I was there. You, me & Janet would have been drinking Pinot Grigot and watching our TV pilot. Did I mention that Janet & I made a TV Pilot. BTW, there are no bears in the Poconos. But, there are TV Pilots. Feel better! Nasty bruise!

  14. Jeff Goldstein  September 14, 2005 at 9:55 pm

    Picture 25 of Janet is very nice. Are you making the story into a book or movie, or both? What about a miniseries on Bravo?

  15. lori  September 14, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    The one problem Jeff was that we were drinking. That was when I crashed. There are bears there.
    I saw two of them! They are freaking big too.
    I have a couple of photos to show you of them.
    You should have come with us. Next time and I will be more careful. My foot is broken and I have a cast up to my knee. What fun!!! Bears are scary…..

  16. Jeff Goldstein  September 15, 2005 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Lori. I saw Janet tonight. We were rehearsing with our band. I asked her if she told you about the TV Pilot, and she said no. But it is true. Ask her. We entered it into the NY TV Festival. She has a DVD to show you. I hope you feel better. Janet said there are bears. See you soon.

  17. John  September 17, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    When I do something stupid I usually make up a story involving twin trapeze artists.

  18. Bob  September 19, 2005 at 5:46 pm

    I hope lori braun gets this message.I found the account with the bear while you were cycling to be both alarming + extreme. After seeing the photo of that bear, I thought – why would she even get close enough to take its picture? That is I would say ” living dangerously ”.I hope the injuries I saw in the photo set have started to heal for you. Gosh,lori – your lucky to be alive. Strange as it may sound, I’m thinking lori would be a woman who could survive an encounter like that one. I thought the photo set of the incident were well done. Very much liked the flexing,as well as the blue nail polish,which seemed to shimmer with the color.After all,blue is my fave color.Thanks for the up date. My regards, From – bob.


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