A Bellevue man was sentenced Friday to 34 months in prison for the 2013 death of a motorcyclist, but will get credit for the 17 months he’s already spent in jail.
A King County Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced a Bellevue man to 34 months in prison for causing the death of a motorcyclist in 2013 while driving high on marijuana.
Caleb Floyd, 35, was sentenced in the death of 23-year-old Blake Gaston. With charges in the case pending against him, Floyd has been locked up since June 2014 after twice using illegal drugs and being rushed to the hospital while in a community-based alternative program.
Floyd, who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and DUI, will get credit for the roughly 17 months he’s already spent in jail, according to King County prosecutors. He will also be required to serve 18 months of community supervision after his release and pay restitution for Gaston’s death and burial expenses.
According to charging documents, Floyd was driving east on Northeast 10th Street in Bellevue around 6 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2013, when he attempted to make a left turn onto 102nd Avenue Northeast, just as Gaston was riding west through the intersection on his motorcycle. All left turns at the intersection must yield to oncoming traffic, the court papers say.
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When Floyd failed to yield the right of way, Gaston brought his motorcycle down on his right side and skidded into the side of Floyd’s 1997 Acura CL, according to the charges. Gaston suffered catastrophic injuries and was pronounced dead after being transported to Overlake Hospital Medical Center.