Celso Diaz was biking to his job at iClick’s Sodo warehouse November 21 when someone driving twice the speed limit struck and killed him while he crossed 1st Ave S at S Andover Street.
The suspect, driving a light-colored Toyota Prius, never stopped and is still on the run.
Diaz, who co-workers and friends told Q13 News went by Pete, died at the scene. He was 61.
Our deepest condolences to his loved ones.
Edward Cozarg, a friend and one of Pete’s co-workers at iClick, told Q13 that he met Pete a half decade ago. At that time, Pete was living in an encampment along I-5 between Beacon Hill and Sodo commonly referred to as “The Jungle.” Working at iClick, Pete was able to move into his own place.
“This is a human being. I hope they catch him, that’s all. He really was a gentle man,” says [co-worker Min] Seo.
Cozarg said just five years ago Pete was homeless and living in ‘The Jungle’ encampment. Cozarg took him into his home and said Pete really turned his life around; he even got a place of his own. He says he was a true friend. And that is why it’s so important for them to get Pete the justice he deserves.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any tips that lead to an arrest, including anonymous tips. The 2010-15 Prius likely had “damage to the fog lights, the front hood near the headlights and the windshield by the rear-view mirror.”
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