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Seattle Police arrest driver in fatal hit and run of bicyclist

Seattle Police have made an arrest in the July 2011 fatal hit and run of a bicyclist in South Lake Union.

Few details were released during a news conference Thursday, at which police announced the arrest of Erlin Garcia Reyes, 28, of Normandy Park.

Police believe Reyes was the driver of an SUV that fatally struck and killed 44-year-old Michael Wang on July 28. The SUV hit Wang as the driver made a left turn on Dexter Ave. North. The suspect fled the scene.

Wang, a married father of two, was an avid bicyclist and photographer for PATH, a global health non-profit. He had commuted by bike from South Lake Union to his home in Shoreline and back for years.

"Late July, when we got word of Mike Wang's death, it hit our community hard. All of us were deeply shaken," said Chuck Ayers with Cascade Bicycle Club, of which Wang was a member.

Ayers said Wang was 100-percenter, which meant he had rode to work every day the month he was killed.

The Seattle's Police Department Traffic Collision Investigation Squad would not say Thursday what led them to Reyes, who had not been interviewed by police prior to Wednesday.

He was booked into the King County Jail for felony hit and run.

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