Shoreline Cyclist, Gifted Photographer Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident in Seattle

Mike Wang's work for PATH took him all over the world

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.”



Mike Myers July 30, 2011 at 05:21 PM
In the mornings and afternoons there's a stream of bike commuters on Eastlake. They go south in the morning and north in the afternoon. We have a number of bicycle commuters in our office. It's a great way to start and end the work day. It shouldn't be a risky proposition. But driver inattention and malaise can make bike commuters feel like moving targets. Most bicycle commuters also have cars. It's vital to purchase as much uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as you can afford. Even though the coverage is under your auto policy it covers you while you're on your bike. If the person who hits you doesn't have enough insurance (the state minimum coverage is only $25,000) your UIM kicks in. If the person who hits you doesn't have any insurance your UIM covers that too. And, like in the accident on Dexter yesterday, if you're the victim of a hit and run your UIM will provide benefits for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, loss of enjoyment of life and disability. Mike Myers www.blackfishlaw.com
Ginna Luck August 01, 2011 at 01:27 PM
so so sad. His family and friends will be in my thoughts and heart today.
robert pacheco August 09, 2011 at 09:47 PM
I knew Mike Wang through services to Path I work with APEX facility resource and we do alot of service work for PATH and Mike is always there to make me laugh and tell me storys about anything and everything.he was a nice guy and im gonna miss him
robert pacheco August 09, 2011 at 09:50 PM
the last time i had talk to Mike was about the Pacquiao fight vs Mosley......so sad to know this..R.I.P buddy


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