Cyclist who lost leg in hit-and-run near Griffith Park speaks out

Damian Kevitt
Damian Kevitt in his hospital while being treated for numerous serious injuries that he sustained after a hit-and-run motorist hit while he and his wife were riding their bicycles along Zoo Drive.
(Courtesy of Michele Kirkland)

Police are still searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a cyclist last month near Griffith Park, causing him to lose his leg.

Damian Kevitt, 36, talked about the accident that changed his life forever in an interview with KTLA-TV.

He was cycling with his wife along the L.A. River on Feb. 17 when they decided to head to Griffith Park. They were riding westbound on Zoo Drive toward the 5 Freeway when a minivan that was stopped in traffic made a sudden left turn and struck Kevitt, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Kevitt fell to the ground and became lodged underneath the vehicle — unconscious and unable to free himself. The driver allegedly accelerated and dragged Kevitt 600 feet until he fell from the minivan, the CHP said.


The driver never stopped and continued traveling southbound on the 5 Freeway, authorities said. In addition to losing one of his legs below the knee, Kevitt suffered numerous broken bones and severe road rash on his chest and back.

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