$25,000 reward in hit-and-run of cyclist near Griffith Park
City Councilman Tom LaBonge and the CHP have announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of a hit-and-run driver who struck a cyclist near Griffith Park and dragged him about 600 feet, causing injuries that necessitated the amputation of a leg.
Damian Kevitt, 36, was biking west on Zoo Drive toward the 5 Freeway about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 when he was struck by a minivan making a sudden left turn, according to the CHP.
Kevitt became trapped in the undercarriage of what witnesses described as an older gray Toyota Sienna with a “for sale” sign in its rear window, the CHP said. The driver accelerated and never stopped, dragging Kevitt south on the freeway until he was dislodged.
Kevitt, of Los Angeles, suffered numerous broken bones and severe road rash on his chest and back.
LaBonge’s office said it hopes a reward will motivate witnesses to come forward with more information. The money will come out of the city's general fund.
"A car shouldn't be a weapon,” the councilman said in a statement. “Let's do our part to end this kind of violent crime.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the California Highway Patrol at (323) 259-2010.
-- Veronica Rocha and Corina Knoll
Map: Approximate location of the incident is shown in red. Credit: Google Maps