Dexter Avenue Cyclist Mourned By Many

Forty-four year old Michael Wang is mourned around the world by his family, friends, and co-workers at PATH, a global health nonprofit based in Seattle. Wang died Friday after he was struck Thursday afternoon by an SUV driver that fled the accident scene at Thomas Street and Dexter Avenue in Seattle.

This sad story follows less than a week after the death of Kirkland bicyclist John Przychodzen who died when he was struck by a teen driver as he was riding on Northeast Juanita Drive in Kirkland.

The Seattle Times reporter Emily Heffter wrote a comprehensive story on these two accidents. According to her sources, in 2010, there was one fatality in Seattle, according to state data. Four cyclists died in collisions in 2009 in the city. A 2009 Seattle count found an average of 145 riders an hour rode along Dexter during the morning commute. The stretch saw 14 bicyclists get hit by cars between 2008 and 2010, according to state transportation data.

seattle bicycle accidentSeattle bicycle accident attorney Chris Davis who is the author of Wheels of Justice: The Essential Guide to Bicycle Accident Law in Washington State, is representing the Przychodzen family and was interviewed for the Times story.

Davis believes that the fact that bicycle safety and commuting are big political topics in Seattle will ultimately help make the city safer for cyclists in the future. But what is most important is for drivers to respect the cyclists' right to share the road and to actively watch for cyclists when they are driving.

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