On his homeward commute blocks from where he worked, Mike Wang was struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle. As he rode northbound on one of Seattle’s busiest bicycle commute routes, the SUV made a left turn cutting him off. He was attended to immediately and rushed to Harborview via ambulance. The driver fled the scene. Mike Wang has since died from his injuries.
Another ghost bike marks a crash location, this one at Dexter Avenue and Thomas. The white-painted bicycle is a somber reminder of the vulnerability of bicyclists in a predominantly motorized world. A rider on a bike has little protection against a two-ton vehicle. This was another senseless death. Mike Wang was another vulnerable road-user traveling a well-marked bicycle route. However, a driver in too much of a hurry took action to speed up his own trip at the mercy of one with no defense. The driver’s disregard for others or self-absorption resulted in the death of another. That was tragic. To leave the scene was criminal.
It is so easy to be in a hurry, to be so preoccupied with our own lives that we disregard the law or become too impatient to consider the well-being of others. This death, the ghost bicycle at Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street, or every bicycle symbol painted on the street should be reminders to everyone of us as we get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. It is a tremendous responsibility we take.