Family of hit-and-run victim keeps memory alive by purchasing reflective stickers for backpacks


SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Police are still investigating who hit and killed a man in downtown Spokane Jan. 9, leaving him to die on the street.

The family of 50-year-old Michael Donahey is also desperate for answers. They’re turning their grief into action, hoping to protect other people living on the street.

Donahey’s family is teaming up with Giving Back Packs, a local non-profit that supplies homeless people with basic items to survive, including a durable backpack.

The family bought several rolls of reflective tape which will now be attached to the front and back of every backpack.

“This will just be a really positive way for Michael’s life to mean something and to go forward to help other people,” said Giving Back Packs founder Rick Clark. “From what I’ve heard all about him is he had a big heart and he loved helping people.”

The red and white reflective tape is also waterproof. To date, Giving Back Packs has distributed more than 5,000 backpacks.