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Boy, 8, killed while riding bike in Federal Way

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 23, 2012 at 5:37 am with 8 Comments »
July 23, 2012 10:35 am

An 8-year-old boy was hit and killed late Sunday while riding his bicycle in Federal Way.

Police were called about 8 p.m. to the 2400 block of Southwest 333rd Street and found the injured child, who had not been wearing a helmet. The boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was later pronounced dead.

The boy was pedaling north on 24th Avenue South and turning onto Southwest 333rd Street when an SUV heading east on Southwest 333rd Street struck him, Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.

The SUV was not going fast and its driver did not see the boy enter the intersection because of a parked car, she said.

She said the driver did not appear to be impaired and “there is no evidence to suggest any crime or negligent driving on behalf of the driver.”

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  1. nonstopjoe says:

    I wonder what an 8-year old was doing riding a bike at 11:15PM without a helmut and possibly without bike lights?

  2. Regfool2 says:

    Condolences to the boy’s family, and to the involved driver.

  3. So sad. Where were the parents of this child? Why wasn’t he home in bed? Parents must be held accountable for the whereabouts of their children. This did not have to happen.

  4. Being that I was there I can let you know it was not near 11 it was around 730-8o’clock. The man who hit him move his body , and the bike from under the car. Everyone was standing there but no one called the police until a girlfriend of mine was on her way to my house seeing the accident. This was a terrible event and I’m praying for his family has all the support I need it.

  5. iluvplants81 says:

    It shouldn’t matter what time of night it is, an innocent life was taken. My condolences to the Fale Family.

  6. I don’t think it matters much either but just stating the baby wasn’t out after dark. He was just out playing with his cousins and friends. It hurts my heart when just a week or so ago him and his friends were doing my yard and I was feeding them hot dogs.

    That driver was going tofast, I’m sure. And the baby I’m sure was a bit negligent while riding a bike. But only one is here to tell the story

  7. SBLoving says:

    I know the family of this tragedy and my heart goes out to them. If the first poster would re-read the article above, you would see that it says “police were called about 8pm” Who says that his parents aren’t taking any accountability in this event? I have 4 kids, my youngest is 8 as well, and went to school with this boy. I had to give him an extra hug just because I still can. Drivers in this entire area always drive too fast for the residential neighborhoods. It’s always a “Short-cut” or a way to avoid lights to get where they are going quicker. Im not saying that all of the blame is to be laid at the driver, but really, how are you going to put all of the blame on a little boy, for being outside on a summer evening riding his bike? Shame on all of those people who simply stood by and watched rather than getting involved. Thank you Sadai for sticking up for the Rodriguez-Fale family. And thank you to your friend who had enough sense to call 9-1-1 and for the record, one officer stated that even if he had been wearing a helmet, with his injuries it most likely would not have saved him. Stop being so automatically judgemental and take a moment to thank God that this was not YOUR child that the article was written about.

  8. Nycole7399 says:

    I really don’t understand how some people can pass judgement so quickly. Or how the same people can do this without having all the facts when they are posted in the article WITH facts included. This was an 8 YR OLD CHILD. Who was killed. Isn’t that enough? He was also killed in DAYLIGHT, it was NOT night time. Even if he were wearing a helmet, that WOULD NOT have helped. I know this family and I know the child that is no longer there. I’ve known him his entire life. He’s beautiful with a great laugh and he was always having fun and playing. He loved to play tricks. He also liked airplanes. I don’t EVER remember seeing him sad. Not Once. I WENT to the house this morning and cried with the family. They are devastated. They are lost. There lives will never be the same. They have enough guilt with what they are asking themselves. Shame on you as an adults for being so judgmental. I feel sorry for our future if this is what our kids are learning. My heart is breaking and my tears won’t stop falling. Ignorance is not bliss. R.I.P

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