More SUV description released in fatal bicylist hit-and-run


by OWEN LEI / KING 5 News

Posted on August 3, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 3 at 5:21 PM

SEATTLE -- Police have released more information about the car involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Seattle bicyclist last week.

The Seattle Police Department said they believe Mike Wang, 44, was hit by the front end of an SUV, so the vehicle could have front end damage.

The color of the SUV could also be beige to brown, "somewhere in that spectrum," said Sergeant Sean Whitcomb, who added that they believe it is an American brand vehicle.

Police believe the car may also have tinted windows and a silver or chrome luggage rack.

Wang was hit on Dexter Avenue N. at Thomas Street last Thursday afternoon as he was riding home from work. Witnesses say the SUV turned left at Thomas Street, hitting Wang before speeding away.

"He was much more than a cyclist who was killed here.  He was a beautiful person, and had an incredible family," said Christina Herdman, a friend who came to add to the growing memorial at the street corner.

Police continue to search for surveillance video from businesses nearby, but said they have yet to find anything to "crack the case," said Whitcomb.

"We want that person to come forward," Herdman said.

SPD Detective Tom Bacon, who is leading the investigation, asks anyone with any information to call his direct line at (206) 684-8932.

Several bicyclists in South Lake Union said they are asking both drivers and cyclists to be more careful.

"It's changed the way we ride our bikes for sure," said Herdman.

"I would ride the same route as Mike most days." said Laura Newman, also a friend of Wang's. "You're just more aware of your surroundings."

"It's a different perspective than a driver, you have to be very very alert regardless of who's doing the wrong thing," said cyclist Dianne Gonzalez.

Meanwhile, a memorial fund has been established at BECU Credit Union in Wang's name. Donations can dropped off at any branch location, or addressed to:

Mike Wang family
c/o BECU
PO Box 34044
Seattle, WA 98124-1044