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'Finish The Ride' honors hit-and-run survivor Damian Kevitt

Inspired by hit-and-run survivor Damian Kevitt, hundreds of cyclists raised awareness of L.A.'s hit-and-run epidemic.
April 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of cyclists on Sunday raised awareness of the epidemic of hit-and-runs in Los Angeles. The crowd was inspired by Damian Kevitt, a hit-and-run survivor.

The inaugural event was called "Finish The Ride," and that's exactly what Kevitt did, leaving his tragic past, in the past.

"I'm moving forward and I've moved forward. My life is actually better now than it was before," he said.

Kevitt was on a routine bike ride when he was struck and pinned under a minivan, then dragged down an I-5 on-ramp.

He suffered 20 broken bones and his leg was amputated. The driver never stopped and was never found, according to the CHP.

That was February of 2013. Fourteen months later, a movement was born.

Kevitt spoke to the crowd of bicyclists.

"Hit-and-runs are really just a symptom of the moral decay of society," Kevitt said.

Several elected several expressed the same concerns.

"I'm angry at the indifference in society for people who witness crimes against others and look the other way," said Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell

Councilman Tom Labonge praised Kevitt.

"Young man you are an inspiration to us all and that's why we are here today," he said.

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced a new law that would ban anyone found guilty of a hit-and-run from driving for six month.

"We decided that it's time to declare that enough is enough," said Gatto.

The ride started at the Church of Scientology on Sunset Boulevard near Vermont Avenue and ended at the Autry Museum. Along the 6-mile route, the group pedaled by the site where Kevitt was hit.

Kevitt and his supporters ride to raise money for The Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

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