The driver of a brown SUV gunned it to make a quick left across two lanes of general traffic plus a bike lane on Dexter Ave last July. But PATH photographer Mike Wang was traveling in the bike lane at that moment, and the driver struck Wang, killing him. After stopping for a moments, the driver of the vehicle fled.
The case remains unsolved.
Now, the Taiwanese Association of Greater Seattle is offering a $6,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.
The Taiwanese Association of Greater Seattle (TAGS) is offering a $6000 reward for information resulting in an arrest in the hit and run death of husband and father Michael Wang. After consulting with TAGS member William Wang – father of Michael Wang – the TAGS Board decided to do something to help the Seattle Police investigation to move forward. The Board decided to offer a reward for information and moved forward with a fundraising goal of $2000.
“Our organization was saddened by Michael’s death. We just wanted to do something to bring awareness to the case and generate leads,” said John Chou, TAGS board member. Chou was heartened by the outpouring of support, noting that TAGS exceeded their goal threefold, raising approximately $6000. Most TAGS members donated to the reward. Further generosity from people of Taiwanese descent across the country bourgeoned the tally further.
“We just want this person caught and justice for Michael Wang’s family”, said Chou.
TAGS was founded in 1970 as a student/scholar group at the University of Washington and now is an organization with 500 family members. Over the years, TAGS has been consistently helping in the protection of the well-being of the Taiwanese Americans in the Greater Seattle areas and those in Taiwan. For further information, John Chou can be reached at 206-365-8807 or [email protected].
The Seattle Police Department Traffic Collision Investigation Section continues to investigate the hit and run death. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Bacon at 206 684-8932.
Wang’s death was one of several that will be mourned Wednesday evening during the Seattle Ride of Silence. The ride meets at Gas Works Park at 6:30 p.m. and will start riding at 7.