Mike Wang, a Shoreline man who worked in facilities and as a photographer for PATH, a Seattle-based international global health nonprofit, died after being struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle in a bike lane near the organization’s office Thursday.
The SUV left the scene of the accident after hitting the 44-year-old Wang about 3:44 p.m. near Dexter Avenue North and North Thomas Street.
Wang was transported to Harborview Medical Center with major injuries and died at the hospital.
Seattle Police detectives canvassed the area Friday looking for witnesses to the accident and are seeking the driver of a brown, American-made SUV with tinted windows and chrome roof rack.
Wang started work at PATH in 2004 as an office assistant after being burned out on commercial photography staples such as fashion shoots and album covers, according to the PATH Web site. Soon word of his photography skills became known and he began to accompany PATH researchers on trips to places like Bolivia, Kenya, Nicaragua and Ukraine.
He captured images of people being served by PATH and their joyful, fearful, contemplative, hardened, and optimistic gazes. His photos are on display at PATH facilities all over the world, Amy McIver, a PATH spokeswoman said.
“He’s a truly gifted photographer and part of the PATH family,” McIver said. “Obviously it’s a heartbreaking loss for PATH.”