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August 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Kent man charged with vehicular homicide in fatal wreck

A Kent man who authorities say struck and killed a motorcyclist last week has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Justin Cordova, 18, was driving a Nissan coupe east in the 12100 block of Southeast 223rd Drive on Aug. 22 when he crossed the center line and struck motorcyclist David W. Daniel around 6:45 a.m.,according to charging documents filed Friday in King County Superior Court.

According to police, Cordova claimed that he had been driving at speeds nearing 45 mph and hadn’t seen the motorcyclist. When questioned about whether he was drunk, Cordova said he has been drinking “Red Bull and Jäger,” an abbreviated term for the liquor, Jägermeister, the night before. A portable breath-alcohol test indicated that Cordova had a breath-alcohol level of 0.12 percent; the legal limit in Washington is .08 percent.

Witnesses told police that Cordova’s Nissan had been traveling at speeds closer to 65 mph prior to the collision, according to charges. Police found marijuana smoking paraphernalia inside Cordova’s vehicle.

Cordova was ordered held in lieu of $100,00 bail.

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