Los Angeles Critical Mass rides are a monument to a time, a feeling, an idea and for a purpose. This month's ride highlights the need to bring increased attention to the epidemic of hit and run collisions and advocating enhanced penalties for leaving the scene. We dedicate this month's ride to fellow cyclist, Damian Kevitt, and all who are the victims of hit and run collisions.
Hit and run collisions affect everyone; cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and their loved ones and friends. Recently, fellow cyclist, Damien Kevitt was riding his bicycle near Griffith Park Zoo, when he was struck by a light colored minivan with a red-and-white "Se Vende" (for sale) sign, which after colliding with him, left the scene. His mother said "Thank goodness he was wearing a helmet or he'd be dead today." "Even with a helmet, he's lucky to be alive." Damian's injuries unfortunately were so severe he has already had one leg amputated and doctors are trying their best to save the other.
You never think something will happen to yourself or someone you care for until something cruel comes your way. We always think it happens to someone else. Most times it might; but it can happen to you. We always encourage all cyclists to Ride Smart, Ride Safe whenever they ride their bicycle by wearing a helmet, having at least one brake, and front and rear lights. In Damian's instance his choosing to wear a helmet saved his life. Friday night, March 29, 2013 come out prepared to celebrate together with thousands of other cyclists riding together in America's Largest Community Bicycle Ride and to support Damian as he continues his recovery.