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Federal Way boy, 8, dies in bicycle accident | UPDATE

A cousin of Wayde Rodrigues-Fale stands by the accident scene Tuesday morning in Federal Way.  Wayde, 8, was struck by a vehicle Sunday night while riding his bicycle. - Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror
A cousin of Wayde Rodrigues-Fale stands by the accident scene Tuesday morning in Federal Way. Wayde, 8, was struck by a vehicle Sunday night while riding his bicycle.
— image credit: Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Candles and fireworks surround the spot where an 8-year-old boy on a bicycle was struck by a vehicle.

About 7:45 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a call in the 2400 block of SW 333rd Street in the Westway neighborhood. Wayde Rodrigues-Fale, 8, was riding a bicycle north on 24th Avenue South before colliding with a vehicle traveling east on SW 333rd Street, according to police. The child, who was not wearing a helmet, was later pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center.

Family and neighbors made a memorial at the accident scene and have gathered the past two days to remember Wayde. Sparklers, fireworks and candles bordered a small patch of road. Near the curb, tea-light candles spelled Bulla, his Hawaiian nickname.

A cousin at the site Tuesday morning said Wayde would have been 9 in November. Family members plan to clear the site tonight, he said.

Police report that a drug recognition expert interviewed and examined the driver. The expert found no signs of impairment, and the investigation concluded there was no evidence of a crime or negligent driving, according to police.

Angie Pierce, who lives near Wayde's family, said speed bumps could slow traffic on SW 333rd Street — where the limit is 25 mph — and help avoid another tragedy.

"The cars speed through here so fast. I've yelled at them to slow down," Pierce said. "I think it's a big issue."

Donations are being accepted at any KeyBank location to help Wayde's family cover funeral expenses. The account number is 470771014789.

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