LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities announced a $25,000 reward Monday in the search for a driver behind a hit-and-run that left the victim with multiple injuries and an amputated leg.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports the mother of cyclist Damian Kevitt made a heartfelt plea from Griffith Park along with Councilmember Tom LaBonge and members of the California Highway Patrol.

On Feb. 17. at 11:35 a.m., Kevitt was riding westbound on Zoo Drive toward the Golden State Freeway (I-5) near the 134 Freeway transition when a minivan – which was stopped in heavy traffic – made a sudden left turn and struck Kevitt.

Kevitt fell to the ground and became lodged in the undercarriage of the minivan, and the driver allegedly accelerated and dragged him 600 feet until he was dislodged from the minivan.

The driver never stopped and continued traveling south on the 5 Freeway.

“He must have a rock for a heart,” said Kevitt’s mother, Michelle. “But if there is any humanity in this man, perhaps he’ll come forward.”

The minivan is described as an older gray Toyota Sienna with a “for sale” sign posted in the rear window displaying the partial phone number (213)  XXX-0776, according to the Glendale News-Press.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (323) 259-2010.


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