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Man faces vehicular homicide charge in Oct. 4 collision with motorcyclist
A Bellevue man involved in a fatal vehicle-versus-motorcycle collision that killed 23-year-old Blake Gaston on Oct. 4 has been charged with vehicular homicide after toxicology reports show he was high on marijuana way over the legal limit in Washington.
The Bellevue Police Department reports it was notified of the charge against Caleb J. Floyd, 33, Thursday by the King County Prosecutor's Office and that a $100,000 arrest warrant had been issued.
According to police, Gaston had been riding his motorcycle on Northeast 10th Street around 6 p.m. Oct. 4, when Floyd made a left turn to northbound 102nd Avenue Northeast striking the motorcyclist with his Acura Coupe. Gaston died from massive head trauma.
A search warrant was conducted to take Floyd's blood for a toxicology screening. The results indicate he had 9.8 nanograms of THC in his system, almost double the legal limit for driving with marijuana in your system Washington, police state. The blood draw occurred more than three hours after the collision.
“The victim’s family is without their loved one this holiday due to an impaired driver," states Bellevue Police Lt. Marcia Harnden, Traffic. "While the recreational use of marijuana is legal, it is still a drug and can impair your ability to drive. It may be legal to consume it, but it is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.”