Police seize, release SUV in bike hit-and-run fatality
Seattle police have seized a Chevy Suburban, possibly connected with the hit-and-run fatality of Michael Wang, a photographer who died July 29 when he was struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle on Dexter Avenue North at Thomas Street.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle police have seized a Suburban, possibly connected with the hit-and-run fatality of Michael Wang, a photographer who died July 29 when he was struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle on Dexter Avenue North at Thomas Street.
The Suburban was in Port Orchard when it was seized, said Seattle police spokesman Sean Whitcomb. It was processed and then released. He couldn't say whether it was the vehicle involved in the hit and run, but "could be integral to the investigation," Whitcomb said.
No one has been arrested, and Whitcomb asked that anyone who saw the accident to call police.
His remarks were made at a news conference held by the Cascade Bicycle Club to underline the dangers cyclists face and mourn those killed recently in bicycle accidents.
At least 12 bicyclists have died so far this year across the state, nine in crashes with motor vehicles.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said he is going to convene a summit of community leaders, experts and elected officials to determine how to make roads safer for all users.
The news conference was near the University of Washington, where Robert Townsend died Saturday after being hit by a car while delivering sandwiches on his bicycle.
"We're saddened by the recent loss of lives," said John Mauro, with Cascade. "Enough is enough. No traffic fatality is acceptable, and we can do better."
Cascade is calling for better enforcement, better infrastructure on the roadways and better conduct on the roads.
Those gathered at the news conference, many on bikes, carried orange and yellow signs reading: "We can do better."
City Councilman Tom Rasmussen, chairman of the council's transportation committee, said he was "horrified to hear of the accidents in the last month. Let's all agree to share the road. Lives are precious."
M.J. Kelly, also with Cascade, said she and her two sons often ride by the intersection where Townsend was killed and said she lost her grandmother seven years ago when she was struck and killed while in a crosswalk.
"Now another family is burying its child," she said. "We want no more traffic fatalities. All of us need to slow down and look to each other. We can do better."
In a blog post Wednesday, McGinn wrote: "As part of my commute, I bike the same route taken on Dexter Avenue by Mike Wang, a 42-year-old father of two who worked at PATH. One afternoon, on his ride home just two blocks from his office, he was killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the intersection of Dexter and Thomas. I see the flowers and the white ghost bike, reading 'A cyclist died here,' almost every day. ... Each of these incidents is a tragedy. It's not just the person on the bicycle who has been affected. No one wants to be the person in the car who gets in an accident. No one wants to have a friend or family member who is injured or even killed."
Susan Gilmore: 206-464-2054 or email@example.com
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