28-Year Old Normandy Park Man Arrested for Fatal Seattle Hit & Run

Erlin Garcia Reyes, 28, of Normandy Park, was arrested Wednesday (June 6) for the fatal July 28 hit and run that killed Michael Wang in Seattle.

Seattle Police say that on July 28 at approximately 3:44 p.m., Reyes was driving an SUV south on Dexter Avenue North, and made a left turn onto Thomas Street, where he struck Wang, who was bicycling north on Dexter Avenue North in the bike lane.

Investigators say that Reyes fled the scene immediately following the collision, and Wang died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the collision.

On Wednesday, Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives interviewed the suspect/driver in the collision who confessed to the hit & run. Following the interview the 28-year-old suspect was placed under arrest for Investigation of Felony Hit & Run and booked into the King County Jail.

“The Taiwanese Association of Greater Seattle (TAGS) is very happy to learn of the recent arrest of this suspect,” said TAGS board member John Chou. “Michael Wang was a TAGS member. He will be greatly missed. Michael’s father William is still very active in our organization and was instrumental in leveraging continued attention to this case. From this incident we have confidence in the American judicial system. We hope that the suspect receives a proper sentence and that this will bring some level of closure to Michael’s family,”

Amy MacIver, the Director of Media Relations at PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), said:

“On behalf of Mike Wang’s fellow coworkers at PATH, it is our sincere hope the arrest in this case of the tragic death of our friend will lead to some sense of justice and closure for his children, his wife, his family, friends, and for the people and communities here and around the world whose stories he told through his wonderful photography. We thank the Seattle community for its generous support of Mike’s family, the Seattle Police Department for their ongoing efforts over the past 10 months to solve this difficult and tragic case, and Mayor McGinn and his team for their steady focus on improving road safety for everyone.”

“We applaud the Seattle Police Department for its persistent detective work in this case,” said Chuck Ayers, executive director of the Cascade Bicycle Club. “All of us — whether we are out walking, driving or bicycling to get around — are just trying get where we need to go, safely and efficiently. It is every person’s shared responsibility to watch out for one other on the roads. Put down the phone. Unplug your ears. Obey the laws. Slow down and — most of all — look where you are going. No one wants to be on either side of a tragic collision that you could have prevented.”

This remains an active and on-going TCIS investigation.


One Response to “28-Year Old Normandy Park Man Arrested for Fatal Seattle Hit & Run”
  1. Dave Francis says:

    Some very interesting amendments relating to immigration have just surged down the Congressional pipeline. Last week, the House passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2013, and with it, eight amendments focused on increasing interior enforcement and securing the border were approved and added to the final bill. This bill includes funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Services.
    1. Rep. Ted Poe’s & Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.)an amendment that redirects funding from the bill to Border Patrol to pay for cell phone towers along the Southwest border with Mexico. The need for cell phone towers along the border came during the aftermath of the murder of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz who was killed by an illegal alien on his property that runs adjacent to the border in early-2011. Kretnz’s wife, Sue, believes that her husband was trying to call for help when he encountered the illegal alien on his property, but he was in a cell phone dead spot. It was approved by the House on Wednesday night by a 302-to-113 margin with 81 Democrats voting with the GOP majority.

    2. Rep. Steve King’s amendment to prohibit funds from the bill from being used to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the ICE memos issued by ICE Director John Morton that offers an administrative amnesty to illegal aliens. It would prohibit the implementation and execution of the Morton Memos. ICE Director John Morton wrote three separate memos in 2011 that instructed immigration agents to use prosecutorial discretion when they came in contact with illegal aliens. The memos prioritized criminal illegal aliens over non-criminal aliens and specifically protected illegal aliens that could benefit from the DREAM Act. The memos, in effect, offered an administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens. The amendment passed the House on Thursday by a 238-to-175 margin, which included, 10 Democrats.

    3. Rep. Tom Price’s amendment is to prohibit any funds from the bill from being used to circumvent or fail to enforce immigration laws. This amendment would prohibit funds from being used to circumvent the enforcement of immigration laws. This amendment was actually combined with two other amendments to create an En Bloc Amendment. These amendments are usually grouped together because they receive unanimous support from the House and passed.

    4. Rep. Diane Black’s amendment to prohibit any funds from the bill from being used to pay for the position of Public Advocate within Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to prohibit the funding for a Public Advocate position within ICE. In February, the Obama Administration announced plans for this new position that would speak on behalf of illegal aliens. We believe that funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement should be used to enforce immigration laws instead of being used to advocate on behalf of illegal aliens and passed.

    5. Rep. Sam Graves’ amendment to prohibit any funds from the bill from being used to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the rule “Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives” rule proposed by DHS. The proposed rule was entered into the federal register earlier this year and proposes to allow immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to remain in the country while they await a waiver decision from DHS. Because the process to receive a green card for immediate family members can often be a lengthy one, some family members decide to enter the U.S. illegally and wait it out, however, they must apply and get processed for their green cards outside of the United States. When their number is called, they risk being detected by immigration agents when they leave the country, and that could result in either a 3-year or 10-year bar from entering the United States. In special cases, DHS will offer a waiver to the 3-year and 10-year bar, but this proposed rule would make most illegal aliens that fall under this category eligible for the waiver and passed.

    6. Rep. Lou Barletta and Rep and David Schweikert’s, amendment that prohibits funds from the bill from being used by sanctuary cities. As the former mayor Barletta of Hazleton, Pa., one of the first cities to pass immigration-enforcement ordinances, ending sanctuary cities is a priority for Rep. Barletta and he also has offered legislation in Congress to prevent federal funding from going to sanctuary cities. It’s important to note that this amendment would only prevent DHS spending from going to these cities of which the amendment passed.
    7. Rep. John Sullivan’s amendment to prohibit any funds from the bill from being used to terminate a 287(g) agreement would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from terminating 287(g) agreements with local law enforcement agencies. The 287(g) program allows local law enforcement to partner-up with ICE and facilitates the training of agents so they can enforce federal immigration laws. In Pres. Obama’s 2013 proposed budget, he removed all funding for 287(g), but the DHS spending bill added the funding back in. Rep. Sullivan’s amendment was offered to prevent the Administration from ending the program by simply terminating all the contracts and passed.

    Further to these amendments passing, is the ongoing fact that there are still the under mentioned bills that need urgent attention. Each American voter needs to insist that these bills get a reading in the House of Representatives. Resistance from GOP House speaker, John Boehner of Ohio and Dave Camp of Michigan, who is Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is not satisfactory to the TEA PARTY? Keeping these laws contained is none-beneficial to U.S. workers, but E-Verify would open wide the job market, when illegal labor could no longer find employment. The TEA PARTY has a strong conviction that anybody who ignored immigration policies, should only be awarded with deportation. All those who are clarified as pro-illegal immigration, whether they are a lawmaker, governor, mayor should not retain their elected position, and should voted out of office. This has already been seen when Sen. Richard Lugar who was a sixth term Legislator lost his seat to Tea Party State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

    H.R.100 – The CLEAR Act presented by Rep. Marsha Blackburn would augment interior enforcement by requiring federal immigration officials to cooperate with local law enforcement agents. It also provides full backing for SCAAP, which compensates states that incarcerate criminal illegal aliens.

    H.R.140 – The Birthright Citizenship Act introduced by Rep. Steve King would end Birthright Citizenship, requiring that at least one parent of a child born in the United States be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. The U.S. is one of only two developed nations (Canada) to still offer Birthright Citizenship. This is a hundred billion dollar expenditure for taxpayers Smuggled children that inherit instant citizenship through misguided laws, which have not been tested in the Supreme Court. Another unfunded mandate, that is part of uncompensated mandates such as education through high school graduation, free health treatments from the common cold to expensive surgeries paid by YOU. An overcrowded prison system full of criminal aliens that is to blame for high percentages of wicked acts in the U.S. Then a kaleidoscope of welfare programs manipulated by both parties, giving access to programs, denied to our citizens and legal residents.

    H.R. 692 – The Nuclear Family Priority Act introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey would finish Chain Migration. The bill would reform the family preference visa categories to only allow nuclear family members (spouses and minor children) that are foreign nationals to receive green cards. The bill would also create a provisional, but renewable visa for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Eliminating Chain Migration was a recommendation of the bi-partisan Barbara Jordan Commission issued in 1995 and would have the greatest impact in reducing overall immigration numbers.

    H.R. 2885 – Already well sponsored is Mandatory E-Verify, which was initially sponsored by Senator Lamar Smith of Texas. The bill entitled ‘The Legal Workforce Bill’ (H.R.2885) has been blocked by House speaker, John Boehner of Ohio and Dave Camp of Michigan, who is Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Americans must insist these lawmakers. E-Verify have gained a success rate nationwide, but is still only voluntary. We must insist both parties place (H.R.2885) to be presented on the house floor without delay. Millions of Americans that remain jobless would benefit highly from mandatory E-Verify. This computer based government application can detect illegal workers and reject them from every business—large and small—with heavy punishment for indifferent company owners. Farmers are just as incorrigible as they pay little or nothing towards the illegal aliens they employ, leaving the medical treatment, schooling and welfare benefits for the state taxpayer to cover.
    Years of intentional encouragement by both political parties, has erupted in a major response from anti-illegal alien organizations, including NumbersUSA, Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), The Heritage foundation, The Federation for Immigration Reform, Judicial Watch and thousands of more groups, blogs available to all readers across the Internet.

    Employment visas should only be granted to professional people and STEM workers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers to the U.S. in an expedited process. However the STEM workers must be of the highest order, not undermining the top experienced intellects here? The Constitutional TEA PARTY is gaining in power and will unseat liberal Democrat-Republican pro-illegal immigration politicians, derailing open border zealot ideologies. Lastly we must oversee all elections, as Democrats are indifferent to illegal aliens voting, which is carefully hidden; surf the Internet for information on voter fraud and ID theft that has been gaining momentum in the last two decades. Read the latest irregularities by checking Florida.

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