On February 17, 2013, Damian Kevitt went out for a ride in Griffith Park. A van hit him and dragged him 600 feet onto Interstate 5. His injuries were horrific, and his leg had to be amputated.

The driver of the van did not stop and is still at large.

Damian is back on the bike with a new leg:

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The second-worst thing that can happen to a person on a bike happened to him. He was, as he put it, “seconds away from being a ghost bike

He’s riding again. I saw him out at the Marathon Crash Ride. He’s raising awareness about the hit-and-run epidemic in LA County:

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So, after some speeches from our local officials like my congressman Adam Schiff, who bike commutes in DC, and city councilman Tom LaBonge, who hikes Griffith Park every morning, we were off to finish the ride Damian began that fateful day in February of 2013.

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Thanks so much to the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition for organizing and supporting the ride. It was a great day in the park.

What can you do? Well, if you hit someone, stop and make sure they’re okay. Don’t harass a cyclist whom you’re not coaching. (I’m talking to you, driver on Fountain with the KJAZZ bumper sticker. Not sure why you were in such a hurry to get to that crappy apartment complex on Mansfield.) If you want us off the road, lobby your local officials for protected bike lanes.

You can sign this petition to help lobby California lawmakers for tougher penalties for hit-and-run drivers.

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