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August 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Driver pleads guilty to deadly hit and run in Kirkland

A 28-year-old Redmond man pleaded guilty on Monday to vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment for the December 2011 death of a bicyclist in Kirkland, according to King County prosecutors.

Nathan J. Godwin faces a sentence of 15 to 20 months in prison, plus 18 months of community supervision followed by two years of probation, when he is sentenced on Sept. 6, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

On Dec. 8, 2011, Bradley Nakatani, of Kirkland, was cycling home from work in Redmond at around 3 a.m. when he was struck by an SUV driven by Godwin, who was drunk, according to prosecutors. Speed was also a factor in the crash.

Kirkland police said at the time that Nakatani — a software engineer at Alstom, a Redmond technology company — was dressed head-to-toe in reflective gear and had lights on his bicycle and on his helmet. The Medical Examiner’s Office said Natakani suffered a skull fracture and multiple other injuries.

Godwin’s vehicle struck the cyclist as he was turning left from Northeast 124th Street onto Slater Avenue Northeast.

Nakatani, 36, graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue in 1994, went on to attend the California Institute of Technology, and received a master’s degree from Stanford University, a friend told The Seattle Times after Nakatani’s death. He was just around the corner from his apartment when he was killed.

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