The defendant previously spent time in prison for hitting and killing a pedestrian in Marysville in 2008. In that case, he admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel, according to court records.
A 51-year-old Seattle man has been charged with vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run after police say he crushed a cyclist against a concrete jersey barrier and ran over the man’s body last year after falling asleep at the wheel, according to King County prosecutors.
The victim, Derek Blaylock, 50, died shortly after he was struck as he rode his bicycle south in the 9500 block of First Avenue Northeast in North Seattle on Sept. 21, 2016, according to court records.
He is the second person the defendant, Kevin Wayne Brewer, is accused of killing due to drowsy driving, court records show.
Brewer is not in custody, and court records indicate a $100,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest. A defense attorney representing Brewer notified prosecutors his client would be in court next week for his arraignment, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
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Brewer was sentenced to 3½ years in prison in 2009 after pleading guilty to felony hit-and-run. In that case, he admitted he fell asleep while driving in Marysville in April 2008, struck a female pedestrian and left the scene, according to Snohomish County Superior Court records.
Brewer received credit for time served in jail and was released from prison in December 2011, according to the records and the state Department of Corrections.
Since then, Brewer “has been involved in a dozen car crashes that are consistent with drowsy driving,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim wrote in the most recent charges against Brewer.
According to the charges, Brewer has sleep apnea and during last year’s crash was not wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses he is required to wear while driving.
Blaylock, who was wearing a bright-yellow reflective jacket, was riding his bike alongside jersey barriers that were set up along the right side of First Avenue Northeast when Brewer suddenly veered into him, the charges say. Brewer’s pickup pinned Blaylock and his bike against the jersey barrier, rode up to the top of the barrier, then came down and drove over Blaylock, say charging papers.
While other drivers stopped to help Blaylock, a motorist followed Brewer as he drove south about 500 feet, then turned left into his driveway, cutting off an oncoming car that was forced to stop to avoid a collision, say the charges. The witness convinced Brewer to return to the scene where Brewer told officers he hadn’t seen the cyclist and wasn’t aware he’d been involved in a collision, though he later admitted his pickup had “bounced,” according to the charges.
Police analyzed Brewer’s cellphone records and determined he got little to no sleep in the 24 hours before Blaylock was killed. Brewer told police he had spent the night before the crash celebrating his 50th birthday at a couple local casinos, the charges say.
Blaylock worked in The Seattle Times’ circulation department for 20 years before leaving the newspaper in 2008. According to his online obituary, Blaylock was a married father of two sons.