Biker Who Lost Leg In Griffith Park Hit-And-Run Takes On The L.A. Marathon
A man who lost one of his legs in a hit-and-run in Griffith Park over two years ago will run the L.A. Marathon on Sunday.
Damian Kevitt was nearly killed in February of 2013 when, while riding his bike on Zoo Drive in Griffith Park, he was hit by a minivan making a sudden left out of traffic. The driver dragged him for 600 feet before fleeing the scene via the 5 Freeway, leaving Kevitt for dead. Two other drivers stopped to aid Kevitt. The driver of the minivan has never been caught.
"I couldn't just end as a skid mark going down the freeway. And I had to try to live," Kevitt told CBS LA.
Kevitt spent four months in the hospital and part of his right leg had to be amputated. He was eventually fitted with a $20,000 prosthetic leg via a grant.
Kevitt's run this weekend is a long time coming. He's been training since September, but said he was inspired to run in the L.A. Marathon only two days after he was hit. However, the run isn't just a personal feat; he hopes to also bring awareness to other victims of hit-and-runs.
"If you hit someone, you have to stop—whether or not it's your fault," he said.