Seattle Police Department Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives are asking the community for help in finding the suspect in a fatal vehicle/bicycle hit and run collision Thursday. The bicyclist who was hit by an SUV at Dexter Ave N and N Thomas Street sustained life-threatening injuries and died Friday at Harborview Medical Center.
TCIS has been actively investigating the crash, but the suspect vehicle has still not been located. Detectives are turning to the public, asking anyone who may have information about the crash, suspect or suspect vehicle to come forward.
Detectives are looking for a mid-1990′s to mid-2000 beige to brown colored American-made SUV, possibly with tinted windows and a silver luggage rack. There may be slight or moderate front end damage or no visible damage at all.
TCIS detectives are looking for any information related to this incident as well as witnesses who have not yet spoken to police.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Detective Bacon at (206) 684-8932. Anonymous tips are welcome.
The bicyclist that was killed was 44-year-old Mike Wang, of Shoreline, who was on his way home when he was fatally struck at approximately 3:44 p.m. on Thursday. Coworkers told KOMO4 News. that Wang rode his bike to work at Path, a global health non-profit located in South Lake Union, every day.
Wang is survived by his wife, Claire Allen, and two children.
“It isn’t fair,” Allen told KOMO. “He wasn’t finished raising his children, and I wasn’t ready to lose him.”
As for the driver of the SUV that hit Wang, Allen had this to say: “I think they must have been frightened… That’s the only explanation I can think of — that they must have been so overwhelmed and scared, or so weak that they couldn’t face up to what they’ve done.”