Fred Rehberger was crossing Military Rd near S 272nd St when an automobile struck him February 29. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition and put on life support. Ten days later, he was taken off life support and died from his injuries at the stroke of midnight March 10. He was 49.
His sister-in-law Dana was by his side when he died, as she described in a comment on our previous story:
I stayed with him until he passed, holding his hand, telling him how much he was loved and cherished. It was an honor to me to be with him and comfort him. My heart is broken, and right now I feel that I will never get over this… but it warms me to know that I was able to be there for Fred when he needed me most.
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According to the King County Sheriff’s office, Rehberger was riding northbound on the west sidewalk of Military Rd when he attempted to cross the road near the intersection with S 272nd St. The exact location is not clear.
An automobile headed southbound on Military Rd was “unable to avoid” him and struck him. There was no evidence that either party was impaired at the time of the collision. The exact circumstances of the wreck are not yet clear, nor is it clear who, if anyone, was at fault. We will update when we learn more.
His visitation is Wednesday followed by a service Thursday. Details, via Northwest Tri & Bike where he was a bike mechanic:
Visitation:Wednesday 4-8 PM,Yahn & Son funeral Home in Auburn.55 West Valley Hwy S. | Auburn, WA 98001
Ph:# 253-833-8877ServiceThursday 3PMKent Nazarene Church930 James Street Kent, WA(Reception immediately following)
A benevolence account has been set up to help pay for funeral and incidental expenses. See the NWTB website for details on how to donate to the cause.
Below is a map of the approximate collision location. Police said it was the 27200 block of Military Rd, so could be anywhere between S 272nd St and 273rd Pl. S 272nd is the border between Kent and Lakeland North, so the collision technically occurred just outside Kent. The King County Sheriff is the investigating agency: