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North Bend man sentenced to 15 months for killing Kirkland native in vehicular homicide
Prosecutors recently sentenced a North Bend man to 15 months of prison time for hitting and killing a former Kirkland resident with his car while on the way home from a 2013 New Year’s party.
Cody Joseph Eads, 19, was sentenced by King County Superior Court Judge Regina S. Cahan on Jan. 17 for one count of vehicular homicide.
Eads pleaded guilty in December to the charges that he killed Lake Washington High School graduate Lucinda Fisher Pieczatkowski, 57, on Jan. 1, 2013 while he was texted and sped his way home from a party.
“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 his plea documents.
Court documents state Eads left the New Year’s party around 1:30 a.m. and drove home on Stone Quarry Road, outside of Snoqualmie.
Pieczatkowski -- who was a North Bend resident but had grown up in Kirkland and graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1974 -- was with her boyfriend, son and his girlfriend as they also drove down Stone Quarry Road after a night out. An argument began and Pieczatkowski and her boyfriend pulled over and got out of the car. They walked in opposite directions on the road.
Her boyfriend returned to the car but she didn’t. He drove around looking for her but after no success, the group went home.
The next morning Pieczatkowski’s boyfriend returned but contacted police when he still couldn’t find her.
Police soon discovered her body in a ditch. An autopsy report showed she had died from blunt force to the head and torso.
That same day, charging papers state the Eads’ family attorney contacted sheriff deputies to inform them the Ford F150 pickup involved in the crash was parked at the family home.
The truck was impounded for a search warrant, as it had damage consistent with striking a pedestrian and debris on the road matched the truck.
Eads cannot have contact with Pieczatkowski’s family for life and will pay them $11,203 in restitution. After his year and three months are served, Eads will be under community custody for 18 months and his barred from consuming alcohol and drugs or stepping foot in establishments that sell such products.