Federal Way boy, 8, dies in bicycle accident | UPDATE
By ANDY HOBBS
Federal Way Mirror Editor
July 24, 2012 · Updated 5:07 PM
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.
Contact Federal Way Mirror Editor Andy Hobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-253-925-5565 (ext 5050).