Claire Allen, the widow of Mike Wang, is gathering community letters to send to the court where the man who pleaded guilty to the hit and run that killed her husband will be sentenced next month.
Erlin Garcia-Reyes—a 28-year-old native of Honduras who worked at Blue C Sushi, according to charging documents—pleaded guilty earlier this week to felony hit and run, admitting he was the person behind the wheel of the SUV that struck and killed Wang July 28, 2011. Garcia-Reyes was arrested in June when police went to his Normandy Park home and questioned him. He admitted that he was involved in a collision with someone on a bike and that he fled the scene.
He is scheduled to be sentenced August 10, and prosecutors will recommend the maximum sentence of 41 months. Allen wrote to Seattle Bike Blog urging people who bike to write letters suggesting how long Garcia-Reyes should be jailed and whether his driving privileges should be revoked.
The man who killed Mike Wang last year on Dexter Avenue is being sentenced August 10. The King County Prosecutor’s Office has informed me that letters to the judge expressing opinions about how he ought to be sentenced are being collected from members of Michael’s community. They can address how long Mr Garcia-Reyes ought to be jailed and the issue of whether he ought to have his driving privileges taken away in case he is not deported upon his release. If any members of the Seattle biking community would like to express their opinions, they can send the letters to me by August 2, and I will forward them to the correct person in the prosecutor’s office by the deadline. This is a chance for citizens to influence sentencing for vehicular deaths of bicyclists in our city. Please post this in your blog.
Claire Allen (widow of Michael Wang)