KENT, Wash., Aug. 24, 2012 — The King County Prosecuting Attorney has charged Justin Cordova, 18, with vehicular homicide in the crash that killed 56-year-old David Daniel earlier this week. The fatal crash occurred at 6:44 a.m. Wednesday on SE 223rd Drive in Panther Lake when Cordova’s 1986 Nissan struck Daniel’s 2006 Suzuki motorcycle.
According to the charges, Cordova was driving in a reckless manner while intoxicated, causing his vehicle to cross the centerline and strike Daniel. Daniel was ejected from his motorcycle and died from his injuries.
“From the beginning, evidence from this crime spoke for itself,” Kent Assistant Police Chief Pat Lowery said. “This investigation became a matter of putting the pieces together to tell the whole story, which is the basis for this charge.”
Cordova was arrested shortly after the accident and was in custody at the Kent Corrections Center until late Friday when he was moved to the Regional Justice Center. He is being held on $100,000 bond.
Photo courtesy of Kent Police Department