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$25k reward offered to trace LA hit-and-run driver who left cyclist with horrific injuries

Victim had to have leg amputated following incident one Sunday morning last month

A $25,000 reward has been offered in Los Angeles, California, for information that helps track down a hit-and-run motorist who dragged a cyclist for 200 yards in one of the city’s parks, leaving him with severe injuries that led to one of his legs having to be amputated.

Damian Kevitt suffered 20 broken bones after being dragged for 600 feet onto a freeway ramp by the vehicle during the incident, which took place in Griffith Park on the morning of Sunday February 17, reports CBS Los Angeles.

The severity of his injuries was such that doctors had to amputate his right leg below the knee, and there is a risk that they may also have to amputate his left foot. He will also need skin grafts to his buttocks, and his left elbow was cut to the bone, said Justin Hager, who has organised the leafleting.

Volunteers were due to hand out leaflets yesterday at the park – the largest municipal park in the United States – in a bid to track down the vehicle involved, believed to be a minivan, possibly a grey Toyota Sienna.

It is thought that the driver, who was wearing a soccer shirt, may have been visiting the park to play football.

The $25,000 reward, which has been offered by the City of Los Angeles and the California Highway Patrol, will go to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the motorist.

On the other side of the country, police in Miami are seeking a driver who killed a cyclist after striking him from behind early yesterday morning.

NBC Miami reports witnesses describing how the victim was dragged for 50 feet under the SUV involved before the motorist stopped his vehicle to dislodge the victim, then drove off at high speed.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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stealfwayne | 11 years ago

best wishes Damian , hope they get the Tw&t who was driving. As for the 2nd report - Appauling. Truely worries me when you read about both of these stories - I won't be stopped though, ride safe everyone, take no chances. best wishes to all riders

Carl | 11 years ago

Get well soon, Damian!

Lungsofa74yearold | 11 years ago

Just appalling - poor guy. Well and truly puts my own recent 3 fractures crash in perspective.

Simon_MacMichael | 11 years ago

Thanks Tom.

Tom Amos | 11 years ago

3rd para, I presume you mean left foot? #pedant

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