"I understand that people have questions after a collision during a march in Bothell on Saturday. Some have stated, incorrectly, that we talked with the driver, then "just let her go." This is not true. After responding within thirty seconds of the collision, our officers decided to move the driver, to deescalate the situation. This investigation remains open and ongoing. We ask other involved drivers to come forward and talk with us. And we ask for a little patience while we investigate." - Bothell Police Chief Ken Seuberlich
At 3:18pm on Saturday, January 30, Bothell Police responded to reports of a collision on 19th Ave SE in the 24300 block.
The incident happened as dozens of marchers, along with accompanying cars and bicyclists, travelled south on 19th Ave SE, taking up both lanes.
Several drivers, not involved with the march, appear to have been caught off-guard by the event, resulting in some verbal confrontations. One 64 year old female driver allegedly side-swiped several vehicles in an attempt to get around or through the march.
There were no reported injuries and four Bothell Police officers responded to investigate the incident.
The female driver remained in the area to be questioned. Officers instructed her to move to a different location, where they took her information. Officers who spoke with the woman say she apparently felt trapped and was trying to get away when she collided with other cars surrounding her. Officers attempted to gather information from the other drivers (whose vehicles sustained damage) but they did not stay and speak with officers, opting instead to continue with the march.
The investigation remains open. Bothell Police is reviewing all evidence, including video from the scene. We are interested in speaking with the other drivers involved to complete our investigation. They are encouraged to contact us at (425) 486-1254 or Sergeant Rogers at (425)487-5545.