Killed bicyclist's widow: 'He really loved to be alive'

Killed bicyclist's widow: 'He really loved to be alive'
SEATTLE -- Claire Allen says she wasn't ready to lose her 44-year-old husband, or to deal with the devastating grief that followed.

Mike Wang was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver on Thursday afternoon.

"It isn't fair," said Wang's widow, Allen. "He wasn't finished raising his children, and I wasn't ready to lose him."

Wang, of Shoreline, was on his way home when he was hit by an SUV about 3:45 p.m. at Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center where he later died.

"He really loved to be alive. He noticed everything around him," Allen said.

"This was a real big shock to us. He is really well liked in the office," said Martin Wayss, who worked with Wang at PATH, a health-care nonprofit aimed at improving health around the world.

Wang worked as a facilities manager at the organization. He was also an avid photographer, and his work is displayed throughout the PATH office on Westlake.

"His photography was always changing," said Allen. "He wasn't finished with whatever evolution was going to happen with that."

"It's just a feeling of complete, deep sadness and loss," said Fay Venegas, a co-worker. "He was always true to himself. He had deep passion."

Wang rode his bike to work every day and often come to the office in cycling gear, Venegas said. "It's just that shock that someone's there one minute and gone the next."

Investigators are still looking for the driver who hit Wang. Police said it was a brown American-made SUV with tinted windows and a chrome rack on the roof.

"I can't understand how you could leave somebody after you injure them," said Wayss.

"I think they must have been frightened," Allen said. "That's the only explanation I can think of -- that they must have been so overwhelmed and scared, or so weak that they couldn't face up to what they've done."

Police quickly converged on the crash scene, but the driver was already gone.

"I heard this really horrific sound and I knew somebody had been hit," said Patricia Cameron, who works nearby. "As soon as I heard it I turned and I saw him down there and I ran inside to grab my phone and I yelled, 'call 911!'"

Cameron said the intersection is often difficult to navigate with cars going fast and bicycles close by.

A person who witnessed the hit-and-run said the SUV that hit Wang was trying to turn left onto Thomas from Dexter when a line of oncoming cars began approaching. The driver quickly made the turn and hit Wang, the witness said.

Wayss said the loss came as a shock to everyone at PATH.

"It's a rough day today," he said. "I cried all morning. He's just one of those friends you really liked a lot."

Wang is survived by his wife and two children.