UPDATE: Redmond Man Held on $500,000 Bail After Collision with Cyclist

Nathan J. Godwin of Redmond faces charges of vehicular homicide following the death of an experienced Kirkland bicyclist.

UPDATE, Friday, 3:25 p.m.: Bail was set at $500,000 in King County District Court in Seattle Friday for 26-year-old Nathan Jeremie Godwin of Redmond, arrested for suspicion of vehicular homicide in the death of a bicyclist early Thursday morning in the Totem Lake area. The deadline for a charging decision is Dec. 12.

The Seattle Times reported earlier today that Godwin has a prior conviction on drug-related charges and has previously been accused of reckless endangerment and other traffic-related crimes.

UPDATE, Friday, 9:50 a.m: The bicyclist killed early Thursday morning in the Totem Lake area has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner's office as Bradley J. Nakatani of Kirkland, 36.

KING5 news reported that friends and co-workers will hold a candlelight vigil for Nakatani Friday from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the intersection where he was killed, 132nd Avenue NE and 124th Street. They want to remember their friend and raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.

A group of bicyclists on Facebook is also planning to ride from the Overlake Transit Center in Redmond to the site of the vigil beginning at 3:30 p.m.


A 36-year-old man apparently from Bellevue was killed instantly in the darkness of early Thursday morning when a large SUV hit him and the bicycle he was riding in the Totem Lake area of Kirkland.

The driver of the SUV, a Ford Excursion, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, said Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray. He has been identified as a 27-year-old Redmond man and was booked into the King County Jail Thursday afternoon on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

Police had not released the victim’s name by early Thursday afternoon, but his father and sister showed up at the scene a few hours after the crash, Murray said.

The bicyclist had been traveling westbound on busy Northeast 124th Street and was turning south onto Slater Avenue Northeast, apparently heading home from work. Murray said the SUV was headed eastbound on 124th when it hit the bicyclist.

“He was probably killed instantly,” Murray said. “There was nothing aid (crews) could do, unfortunately.”

The driver had not been officially charged as of late Thursday afternoon. Patch generally does not name suspects of crimes until they have been formally charged.

“We know the suspect,” Murray said. “He’s familiar to us from past contacts."

The driver was taken to Evergreen Hospital, where a blood sample was taken for a blood alcohol test, and then to the Kirkland Police station at City Hall.

Murray said the victim was an experienced rider who wore reflective clothing and had a light on his bike. “I think he even had a light on his helmet,” Murray said.

Northeast 124th Street is a very busy arterial that provides access from the east and west to Interstate 405 at Totem Lake. The intersection where the collision occurred is east of 405 at a major intersection with Slater Avenue on the south and 132nd Avenue Northeast on the north, just west of the Kirkland/Redmond border.

Northeast 124th was jammed with traffic all morning after the incident because police closed the intersection for several hours during their investigation.

Joe December 09, 2011 at 05:05 PM
How tragic. It sounds like it was unintentional. However, someone is now dead. I went to Wikipedia because I wanted to know some basic categories: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manslaughter#Involuntary_manslaughter But the sentence in the article that has me thinking is this: >"We know the suspect,” [Police Leiutenant Mike] Murray said. “He’s familiar to us from past contacts." If the SUV driver's history indicated a pattern of problems, then I cannot help but wonder if this could have somehow been prevented. Hard to say, and it's perhaps unfair of me to second-guess based on my limited info, but I wonder nonetheless. It reminds me of intersections where collision after collision occurs but it is only after some number of collisions that they finally decide to install a traffic light. My point is that, maybe, some tragedies could be prevented if our public services were able to act sooner rather than later. It probably boils down to money, but are people really that cheap?
Patty Anderson February 03, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I know him, he is a piece I hope he rots in prison for at least a decade.
michelle October 24, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Hello Patty Anderson......i am the mother of Nathan Godwin and i question how you know him? In regards to your childish comment ' i know him and hes a piece of shit" is sickening! one how do u know him? if this is the mother to chris anderson id be very careful as to who u call pieces of shit...one that would be you and you and you unwillingness to care or be a mother to your child....and two we as people have NO right to even judge unless one your lived in their shoes and two in which this case i took care of your son for !year with NO money and what did your son do but lie cheat steal and even i bailed him out of jail with a note on ne of my cars////so if i were you id ask forgiveness for your opinion and two because you DONT KNOW THE FACTS IN THIS CASE the people only know the LIES IN THIS CASE from one the cops and two the prosecutor....so i will continue to pay what i need to to prove the facts in the case....we all have DEEP sympathy for this man thats lost his life....but if your a believer like i am youd would know this is GOD TIME FOR THIS MAN to go and this happens to be CALLED A ACCIDENT simply a sad accident......the one thing i have learned in this..... is to NEVER BELIEVE THE NEWS MEDIA OR ANYONE WE WERE NOT THERE ONLY MY SON THE MAN WHO LOST HIS LIFE AND A PASSENGER IN THE CAR......he is INNOCENT till proven GUILTY......thanks for stopping by patty


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