Friday, June 13, 2008

Comcast Executive Fatally Doored in Moorestown Bike Crash

From the Camden Courier Post:

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June 13, 2008

Bike accident kills Comcast executive

Courier-Post Staff

A top lawyer for Comcast Corp., just weeks away from retirement, died in a chain-reaction accident as he bicycled here Thursday.

Stanley Wang, a 67-year-old township resident, was pedaling eastbound on Main Street when someone in a parked pickup truck and trailer, also facing eastbound, opened the driver's-side door in his path about 12:20 p.m., police said.

Wang struck the door and fell from his bike into the street, where he was run over by an eastbound car. He was pronounced dead at 1:08 p.m. at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Cherry Hill, police said.

No other injuries were reported.

Wang, who lived in the 500 block of Sentinel Road, "loved activities," said his wife, Pola. "He was always biking, golfing, playing tennis."

"He was very family-oriented," she said of her husband, who had two adult children and five grandchildren. "He loved his family."

She said Wang planned to retire at the end of this month after almost 30 years with Comcast, the Philadelphia-based cable television giant.

"He saw Comcast rise from a small company to the large company it is today," she said. "He was the one who helped oversee the Comcast Center."

The 58-floor Comcast Center, which officially opened this week, is Philadelphia's tallest building.

Wang was former general counsel at Comcast and served more recently in a part-time role, said D'Arcy Rudnay, a company spokeswoman.

Police did not identify the owner of the pickup truck, which was parked in the 400 block of East Main Street, near Stanwick Road.

They said the car that hit Wang, a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier, was driven by Kellie Gifford, 19, of the 100 block of Winthrop Avenue.

An investigation is continuing. Anyone with information should call Police Sgt. Randy Pugh at (856) 914-3045.

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