Northwest NEWS

February 8, 1999

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Man drowns in Sammamish River accident

by Woodinville Weekly staff

   BOTHELL--A 40-year-old Bothell man drowned in the Sammamish River after going for an early morning swim on Feb. 2. The body of Allen Washington was recovered about 150 yards downstream from where police believe he entered the river.

   According to a Bothell Police spokesman, Washington had been drinking with roommates at the Riverside Mobile Estates in the 11400 block of Riverside Drive in Bothell. Police say he went for a walk with his fiancée and they came to the Sammamish where he wanted to go for a swim at about 2 a.m. He was carried downstream and disappeared from sight shortly afterwards.

   A man who identified himself as Washington's brother said the victim had been a good swimmer, had grown up in the area, and knew the Sammamish.

   As of last Friday, the King County Medical Examiner wasn't releasing a cause of death pending further tests. A spokesman was not at liberty to discuss the nature of the tests.