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.