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North Bend man pleads guilty in death of Lake Washington High School grad

The man who hit and killed a Lake Washington High School graduate in North Bend nearly a year ago has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide charges.

Cody J. Eads, 19, admitted on Dec. 8 that he was texting and speeding when the accident occurred and took 57-year-old Lucinda Pieczatkowki’s life on Jan. 1, according to court documents.

“I was texting and driving a bit fast and did not see her when my car drifted toward the shoulder until I hit her,” Eads wrote in the documents.

Pieczatkowki, who was a resident of North Bend, had been in a verbal argument with her boyfriend while riding in a truck along with her son and his girlfriend around 2 a.m. New Year’s morning. The truck was stopped as the argument escalated. Pieczatkowki and her boyfriend got out and walked in separate directions along Stone Quarry Road in North Bend.

The Lake Washington High School grad was then struck by the truck driven by Eads. The 19 year old turned himself in to police the next day and parts from the vehicle found at the scene matched damage on his truck.

Eads now faces 15 to 20 months in prison and will be sentenced on Jan. 17. The King County Prosecutor’s Office is recommending 15 months in prison with 18 months community custody.

 

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