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December 12, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Charges filed in crash that killed Kirkland bicyclist

A Redmond man was charged today with vehicular homicide and reckless driving in connection with the accident last Thursday that killed a bicyclist in Kirkland.

Nathan J.Godwin, 26, is accused of speeding and driving under the influence when he hit and killed bicyclist Bradley Nakatani, of Kirkland.

He will be arraigned Dec. 22. If convicted as charged, the standard sentencing range under state guidelines is three to four years in prison, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Nakatani was cycling home from work in Redmond around 3 a.m. when he was struck at Northeast 124th Street and Slater Avenue Northeast. He was dressed in head-to-toe reflective gear and had lights on his bicycle and on his helmet, said Kirkland police.

Godwin’s blood was tested after the accident, according to police, and an examination indicated he was intoxicated.

According to court records, Godwin has a prior conviction for drug possession and has a history of traffic-related crimes — including reckless endangerment and speeding.

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