At about 11:35 a.m. on Sunday, February 17, a hit-and-run driver struck and seriously injured 36-year-old cyclist Damian Kevitt near Griffith Park in Los Angeles. While stopped in traffic on Zoo Drive, the driver of a minivan abruptly turned left, hitting Kevitt, who was riding west at the time. The van dragged Kevitt for 600 feet before he became detached from the vehicle. The driver did not stop to administer aid. Kevitt sustained major trauma and had to have his leg amputated. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked that witnesses, or anyone with information, contact the California Highway Patrol’s Altadena Station at 626-296-8100.
“Apprehending a hit-and-run driver is often crucial to the accident victim’s ability to utilize the civil claims process to obtain compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Throughout Los Angeles County, 4,191 bicyclists were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 10th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury bicycle accidents that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Damian Kevitt, the cyclist who was seriously injured in the hit-and-run accident.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this accident.
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