Friday’s after school bike ride turned to tragedy for
two young girls
Andrea Thody and Cheyenne Bishop, both 13 year old girls from Centennial Middle School were out for a casual bike ride after finding two bikes that were left in a yard.
The accident occurred at the intersection of 117th Dr. SE and the Machias Cutoff in the early evening when the girls were riding their bikes down a hill according to one individual.
Several days later, there were three young boys, two of which attend the same school as the girls, riding and skateboarding near the area of the accident.
“We feel safe because we go to downtown Snohomish, and we’re used to it,” Jake Hathaway said of he and friend Paul Serles.
Spencer Gregg didn’t feel as confident with skateboarding on the streets because of speeding cars.
“I don’t feel safe,” he said. “That would be so cool if we got sidewalks so we could walk to school safely,” Serles said.
Gregg responded by saying he’d like to see more crosswalks and sidewalks for safety too.
At the time of the accident, the weather and visibility were good.
The accident happened when a car driven by a woman struck the two bike riders after being distracted by a dog riding in the car with her.
The driver and her young passenger were not injured, but the two young girls were airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center around 5:50 p.m. where they underwent treatment.
As of Saturday, Thody was listed in serious condition with hemorrhaging in the brain and multiple broken bones while Bishop was listed in stable condition with a number of compound fractures.
The extent of injuries to both girls make it difficult to determine the length of the hospital stay and healing times.
According to reports, the driver of the vehicle was very upset after the accident, and was beside herself.
The accident was still under investigation as of Sunday afternoon, and no arrests had been made.