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Redmond man to be charged today in fatal DUI collision with Kirkland cyclist

Friends and family of Bradley Nakatani stand vigil Friday afternoon at the intersection of Northeast 124th Street and 132nd Avenue Northeast, where the man was hit and hilled by an SUV early Thursday morning. - Renee Walden/Kirkland Reporter
Friends and family of Bradley Nakatani stand vigil Friday afternoon at the intersection of Northeast 124th Street and 132nd Avenue Northeast, where the man was hit and hilled by an SUV early Thursday morning.
— image credit: Renee Walden/Kirkland Reporter

A candlelight vigil was held Friday afternoon for a cyclist that was hit and killed early Thursday morning.

About 100 friends and family gathered at the intersection of Northeast 124th Street and 132nd Avenue Northeast to pay respects to Bradley Nakatani, 36, of Kirkland.

The man that hit Nakatani, a 26-year-old Redmond man, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular homicide. He is being held in King County Jail with bail set on Friday at $500,000.

A charging decision is due Monday. The Reporter does not name any suspects until they are charged.

Nakatani was a software engineer at Redmond's Alston Grid and was heading home from work when he was killed.

Police have determined that Nakatani was heading west on Northeast 124th Street and turned left to go south on Slater Ave. when the Ford Excursion, traveling east, struck the man. There was one passenger in the SUV.

Kirkland police responded at 2:50 a.m. to the fatal traffic collision. Nakatani was wearing reflective clothing, lights and a helmet.

"He had quite a bit of reflective gear," said Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray. "He had a light on his helmet and bike and a very large backpack."

Nakatani's sister and father showed up at the scene a few hours after the accident.

The Redmond man told police that Nakatani appeared to be veering into his lane and that he swerved in an attempt to avoid the collision.

The man stated that he had not consumed any alcoholic beverages but did admit that when he woke up at 9 p.m. he took Suboxone, which he uses to treat his opiate addiction.

Police believe the driver went about a block away before returning to the scene following the accident.

Police said that the man agreed to a voluntary field-sobriety test, of which he did not perform well and was unable to complete certain parts.

The suspect also produced a blood alcohol sample of .078 at 3:34 a.m. the morning of the accident.

The Reporter will update this story once the charging decision is reached.

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