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Search Continues For Hit-and Run Driver Who Struck Bicyclist Near Griffith Park

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A group of volunteers and community organizers plan to meet up today to help engage the public in spreading the word about the ongoing search for the hit-and-run driver who struck bicyclist Damian Kevitt last month near Griffith Park.

From 10:45 a.m. to Noon today, a public gathering will be held at the John Ferraro Athletic Fields in Griffith Park, and participants will be passing out fliers with information about the February 17 collision and information about the $25,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the unknown driver.

Kevitt, 36, was pedaling west on the Zoo Drive 5 Freeway overpass near Griffith Park when the driver of a minivan, stuck in heavy traffic, made a sudden left turn and struck Kevitt. Kevitt was initially knocked onto the hood of the minivan, then tumbled to the ground and was lodged underneath the vehicle.

The motorist did not stop; instead, the driver allegedly accelerated, dragging Kevitt about 600 feet down the Zoo Drive on-ramp until he fell from the minivan. In fact, the motorist never stopped, and reportedly continued traveling south on the 5 Freeway.

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Kevitt lost his right leg as a result of the accident.

This week, Kevitt spoke candidly for the first time about the accident, and implored the driver to come forward.

Today's gathering and public outreach effort in the park was timed to line up with the time Kevitt was struck, 11:30 a.m., and in the area of the accident location. Organizers say the driver--whose minivan is described as an older gray Toyota Sienna with a "for sale" sign in the rear window--may have been playing soccer at or near the field prior to the accident.

The public is invited to join in today; the meeting spot is the "Giant Soccer Ball" adjacent to the soccer field parking lot.

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