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Help Haul Ass – DTLA Messenger Assaulted, Both Legs Broken

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Luis Avina racing in the Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit in June.

Luis Avina, a Downtown Los Angeles bike messenger and Engine No. 11 team member, was assaulted and mugged on Tuesday night. The perpetrators used a hammer to break both of his legs. Avina, who holds the 2012 West Side Invite title, is still in the hospital and had surgery over the weekend to implant a metal rod into one of his legs. On top of being a beast on the bike Avina is also an all around stand-up dude, one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet. Now he needs some help getting back on his feet. Whether you’re a friend, a fellow messenger, or simply a sympathetic cyclist, lend a hand to this fellow rider if you can. To make a donation visit the Haul Ass Gofundme page.

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  1. Jesus DTLA Oakland messengerSeptember 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Keep your head up Luis, we out here sending you our best wishes and regards.. We know as soon as you get on that bike you’ll be stronger and faster, always a beast on the bike and a gentle soul off it. Take care my friend.

  2. DuckSeptember 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    What the hell? Muggers do not hold people down to break their legs with hammers. Heck, knowing how to break someone’s leg with a hammer is a somewhat specialized skill. I’d like to know the circumstances, but suppose I never will. At the very least I know this was not a mugging.

  3. Snips ‘n Snails | Cycling in the South BayOctober 15, 2013 at 8:01 am

    [...] was assaulted, mugged, and had both his legs broken by the attackers, who wielded hammers. You can get the details and make a contribution here. I [...]

  4. FugitiveOctober 16, 2013 at 2:32 am

    He may be able to receive compensation from The California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.

    The first step is usually to make a police report. Was one made in this case?

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