Nina Shapiro at the Seattle Weekly, has more detail on the case against Nathan Godwin, the driver who hit and killed Bradley Nakatani on December 8th. Ms. Shapiro details the laundry list of intoxicants Mr. Godwin consumed that evening including champagne, Suboxone (used to treat opiate dependency), a marijuana laced cigar, a Jeremiah Weed Iced Tea, and a drink called an “Adios Motherfucker“. Let that last one sink in a bit before you read on…
To be clear: Nathan Godwin hit and killed Bradley Nakatani while driving a Ford Excursion 60mph in a 35mph zone. He likely would have killed anyone who had been driving a car, let alone a bike. This isn’t about cycling, it’s about revoking the privilege of driving from someone who has repeatedly shown himself unworthy of that privilege. Reading through Mr. Godwin’s list of traffic infractions, which yielded him over $7,000 in fines in 7 years, one has to wonder what it takes to revoke a license.
For more detail on Mr. Godwin’s driving record and his flagrant disrespect for the law, check out Biking Bis and Nerds in Seattle. The Stranger also has a short article that includes a link to charging documents,
Oh, and if you’re Redmond, you’ll be happy to know that Mr. Godwin was released under the condition that he not drive or visit places that sell alcohol. But I’m sure he won’t drive, given his respect for the law… Um… Yeah, right.
(NOTE: If you’d like to follow the case directly, you can obtain court records here for a small fee. You can also view records for free if you go down to the courthouse.)