Police are still on the lookout for a hit and run driver who struck a bicyclist, leaving him gravely injured, and fled the scene just before noon on Sunday near Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place at around 11:35 a.m. on the Zoo Drive on-ramp to the southbound 5 Freeway, where a minivan stopped in traffic made a sudden left hand turn out of lanes and struck Damian Kevitt, a Los Angeles resident, who was on his bike.
The collision knocked Kevitt to the ground, inflicting numerous bone breaks and serious road rash on his chest and back. He became lodged in the undercarriage of the minivan, which then dragged him more than 600 feet until he finally became detached from the vehicle. One of his legs was later removed below the knee as a result of the injuries he sustained.
The driver of the minivan, which was described by witnesses as an older grey Toyota Sienna with a “for sale” sign on it, then accelerated away from the scene, continuing down the southbound lanes of the freeway, where he disappeared from sight.
At this time, there is little information about who the driver of the minivan was, or where he is now. Anyone who may have seen the crash, or who has information that could help lead to an arrest of the hit and run driver is being encouraged to call the CHP’s Altadena Station to assist with their investigation.
As an automobile driver, it is important that you keep an eye out for bicycle riders around your vehicle, as even a harmless collision for your vehicle can be a near fatal experience for riders. Before making a turn, be certain that the way is clear, and that you will not come into contact with smaller vehicles like bikes or motorcycles.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a bicycle accident such as this, you should seek help. With the help of a skilled Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer leading the way, you can recover the compensation you need to help pay for the damages that you have sustained.
At AA Accident Attorneys, we will work hard to get you back onto your feet, and your bike, as quickly as possible. We will guide you through the complicated legal system and get you the medical attention you need to make a full recovery.
As always, we will not charge you a thing for our services until your case is won. If we do not collect on your case, then you will owe us nothing. Call us today for a free evaluation and to learn what a bicycle accident lawyer can do for you!