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Wednesday, November 6, 2002 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Bicyclist dies in crash; police seek witnesses

Seattle police are trying to locate witnesses to a hit-and-run crash early Sunday in which a former South Vietnamese Army officer was killed while riding his bicycle to his job at a bakery south of downtown.

Killed was Nghi Van Do, 61, a Beacon Hill resident, who was en route to his job at Schwartz Brothers Bakery, 4318 Sixth Ave. S.

A motorist called police shortly before 3:30 a.m., reporting a man lying in the street in the 3400 block of Sixth Avenue South. No witnesses could be located, but police determined a vehicle had struck Do from the rear.

He died at the scene.

Hung Nguyen, a friend of Do's family who also works at the bakery, said Do was imprisoned for many years after the fall of South Vietnam. He came to the United States in 1993 and had worked at the bakery ever since.

Do's wife, Phuong Nguyen, arrived here two years ago. They lived with one son on Beacon Hill.

Do was going to take his test for U.S. citizenship in January, Nguyen said. "Everyone here really loved him," he added.

Rick Doyle, general manager of the bakery, said Do may have been hit by one of the cars that often use the deserted industrial-area streets for racing. But without witnesses there is no way to know, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information call the Traffic Collision Investigation Unit at 206-684-8923 or 911.

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