Driver Charged With Killing Cyclist

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee December 12, 2011

After Nathan Jeremie Godwin ran down a cyclist in Kirkland early last Thursday, police say he kept on driving until the passenger in his hulking Ford SUV made him turn around and go back.

According to charges filed in King County Superior Court today, Godwin, 27, admitted to downing two glasses of champagne, a malt liquor drink, and two "Adios Motherfucker" cocktails—a particularly strong drink with five different kinds of liquor—as well as smoking marijuana and taking a drug used to treat opiate addiction, in the hours before he struck and killed cyclist Bradley Nakatani.

After the crash, Godwin initially claimed Nakatani had veered into his lane and that he'd had to swerve to avoid him. He later admitted to police he was going 60 in a 35 mile per hour zone, court records say.

Charging documents also say Nakatani was wearing reflective clothing and blinking lights on his helmet and bike as he rode near 131st and NE 124th in Kirkland.

Prosecutors have charged Godwin with vehicular assault and reckless driving. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. He posted $500,000 bail and was released until his next court appearance later this week.

And in an update to that other alleged drunk driving case I posted about this morning, the 23-year-old Bellevue man arrested by police Saturday morning for plowing into a crowd of people in Fremont is being held on $200,000 bail.

Police records say five people were hospitalized after the 23-year-old man drove his gold 2004 Subaru into a crowd near N 36th and Phinney Ave N.

Two of the victims were in critical condition with brain bleeding, police documents say.

Police say the 23-year-old man's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
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