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Federal Way man ID’d as bicyclist killed in Sodo

The bicyclist who was killed Wednesday in South Seattle has been identified as Lance David, 54, of Federal Way.

Seattle Times transportation reporter

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The bicyclist fatally injured near the Seattle waterfront Wednesday was a father of two and a skilled rider who had pedaled countless 50- and 100-mile days.

Lance David, 54, of Federal Way, died from head injuries after a collision with a truck, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported.

David and his wife, Jane, were married 31 years and had twins, Diana and William, now 23.

This spring, he was pedaling twice a week from Federal Way to his job at Expeditors International in downtown Seattle, daughter Diana said. He planned to ride more often in May, for National Bike to Work Month.

Diana David said she appreciates the outpouring of flowers, calls and messages from the cycling community. “It’s nice to get the support of people we don’t even know,” she said.

Her father was riding north toward downtown when his bicycle became tangled with a truck turning right, from South Hanford Street to northbound East Marginal Way South.

“The big thing with Lance, he was a very seasoned rider. He was the kind of rider who would get mad at other riders for doing the wrong thing. To have something like this happen, it doesn’t make sense,” said friend Steven Birds of Bellevue.

“You’re not going to meet a nicer guy. If he ever passed a cyclist on the side of the road, working on a flat, he’d always ask if you’re OK.”

David was registered for this summer’s Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic. He enjoyed backcountry races and snowshoeing and would hike Mount Si with water or rocks in his backpack for fitness training, Birds said.

Birds, who is 36, said his older friend was so active there seemed to be no age gap between them, except that David “hated the hip-hop thing” on the car stereo, favoring heavier bands such as Rage Against the Machine.

The city of Seattle and cycling activists say efforts to build a safer bike route along the city’s south waterfront have gained urgency. Besides trucks turning through a bike lane, the intersection where David died has worn pavement, with cracks that can swallow a narrow road-bike tire.

In memory of David, co-workers and friends will bike from approximately 1200 Madison Street to the crash site, at 3 p.m. Friday, and others may join them, Birds said.

Later there will be either a large public ride, or a remembrance at the May 15 annual Ride of Silence memorializing bicycle riders who have died, said Don Brubeck, founder of West Seattle Bike Connections.

Mike Lindblom: 206-515-5631 or

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