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Search for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Mowed Down Cyclist

GRIFFITH PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — Family, friends, and avid cyclists handed out fliers Sunday in an effort to find a suspect who hit a cyclist and left him for dead.

Damian Kevitt lost his leg in the horrific hit-and-run crash on Sunday, February 17,.

The 36-year-old cyclist was biking with his wife along the L.A. River when they decided to head to Griffith Park.

They were riding westbound on Zoo Drive toward the 5 Freeway.

That’s 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.

At that point, 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, 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.

Now, Kevitt has a message for the motorist who left him for dead.

“I think it’s honestly going to be far healthier for them to come forward and admit it and receive the due course of justice that they need to than it is for them to run and hide from the truth,” he said.

The minivan is described as an older gray Toyota Sienna, which had a “for sale” sign posted in the rear window.

There is a $25,000 reward being offered to find the hit-and-run driver.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP’s Altadena office at 626-296-8100.

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