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June 11, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Charge filed in hit-and-run death of Michael Wang

A Normandy Park man accused of killing photographer Michael Wang last July was charged today with felony hit and run (death).

Erlin Garcia-Reyes, 28, is scheduled to be arraigned on June 21. If convicted as charged, the sentence range is 31 to 41 months in prison.

Wang, 44, a photographer at PATH, a global health nonprofit in Seattle, was headed north on Dexter Avenue North in Seattle shortly before 4 p.m. July 28 when he was struck by an SUV that was making a left turn onto Thomas Street, police said. The driver of the vehicle fled.

It is not clear from the document of probable cause, released Thursday by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, what prompted investigators to focus on Garcia-Reyes, who was arrested Wednesday.

During a news conference Thursday morning at police headquarters, Seattle police Detective Tom Bacon attributed the arrest to tips and old-fashioned police work. “It was not one particular thing, but a series of things that happened and we put the pieces together,” he said.

Police and prosecutors say in the probable-cause document that detectives began to look at Garcia-Reyes in April. Police say Garcia-Reyes’ silver 2002 Chevrolet Suburban is similar to the description of the SUV that struck Wang.

Garcia-Reyes is a native of Honduras, according to a friend. Charging papers say his immigration status in the U.S. is unknown. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has put an immigration hold on Garcia-Reyes, meaning that he will be placed in ICE custody if he posts his $500,000 bail.

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