SHORELINE, Wash. -- 4:30 p.m. was always the best time of the day for Claire Allen. It was when her husband, Mike Wang, would pull up to the house after riding his bike home from work.
"He loved riding to and from work," said Allen. "It was a long commute and he did it every day, all through the ice and snow and he was very careful about it."
Wang would not come home Thursday. He was killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Wang was the facilities manager for PATH Global Health on Westlake Avenue. He was also an accomplished photographer. All PATH offices around the world feature Wang's photography, a company spokesperson said.
"He brought out the best in people through his lens," said Allen. "He died too young."
Wang was hit by an SUV Thursday afternoon Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and would die of his injuries.
Police say Wang was riding north on Dexter Avenue N. Witnesses say the SUV turned left at Thomas Street, hitting Wang before speeding away.
"The bigger issue is general awareness of bikers and cars," said business owner Jon Cunningham. He was hit while on his bike several years ago just four blocks away from where Wang was hit. "It's highly likely it will happen again if something's are not done to proactively manage traffic and the situation."
The hit-and-run vehicle is described as a brown American-made SUV with tinted windows and a chrome roof rack. It was last seen heading east on Thomas.
Wang leaves behind his wife and two children.
"When people see a cyclist they should think about the fact that the cyclist has a family that loves them and work that they're doing that is not finished yet," said Allen.