A 19-year-old man admits he was texting and speeding when he hit a woman with his pickup near North Bend on Jan. 1 and then fled, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Cody J. Eads pleaded guilty on Thursday to vehicular homicide (disregard for the safety of others) in connection with the death of a Lucinda Pieczatkowski, 57, of North Bend. Eads faces a sentence range of 15 to 20 months in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17.
Pieczatkowski was walking along Stone Quarry Road around 2 a.m. New Year’s morning when she was hit by a truck and killed. Parts found at the scene indicated the vehicle that struck her was either a Ford F-150 pickup or a Ford Bronco.
The Eads’ family attorney contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office the next day and informed them that the pickup involved in the crash, an F-150, was at the Eads’ residence. Detectives impounded the pickup, which had damage consistent with striking a pedestrian, the sheriff’s office said.
It took detectives several months to collect enough evidence to determine who was behind the wheel, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West told Times news partner KING-TV. Eads was charged in August.
“I’ve got to tell you, we did not have a whole lot of cooperation on this case. There were a lot of people who supposedly knew who the driver was and what happened, but they were reluctant to come forward and tell us,” West told KING-TV.