A man arrested in North Seattle this week on suspicion that he struck and killed a motorcyclist with his car was charged Friday with vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, reckless driving, violation of ignition interlock and driving with a suspended license, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
According to the case summary, a police officer noticed a man — later identified as 26-year-old Payton Lee Maddy — sitting in a car without a valid license plate in North Seattle on Wednesday morning. When Maddy started driving away in a “strange and concerning manner,” the officer followed him, according to charging documents.
In the next few minutes, Maddy drove through a gas station, made sudden U-turns, cut off other drivers and appeared to be accelerating in an attempt to escape police, the documents said.
Maddy then turned onto Northeast 130th Street, where the officer lost sight of him, and was trying to turn onto 15th Avenue Northeast when Maddy drove into the motorcyclist, who was heading south on 15th Avenue, according to the documents.
The victim, 61-year-old David Harder, was thrown from the bike, and Maddy fled on foot, leaving Harder in the road.
The officer who had been following Maddy quickly found the crash site and started tending to Harder’s injuries. Harder was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
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