Gigandet's Kevin Volchok began a torrid romance with Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) in Season 3. Weeks after cheating on Marissa at prom, he followed her and Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) to the airport. He rammed his car into theirs, causing their vehicle to roll into a ditch; Marissa died on impact. Kevin fled to Mexico before returning to Newport Beach to seek legal help. Though Ryan discovered his whereabouts and planned to kill him, when they came face-to-face, he decided to show Kevin mercy.