The Bellevue school district spokeswoman, Ann Oxreider, said the 37-year-old woman killed in a boating accident on Saturday evening on Lake Washington was a teacher for the Bellevue School District. The Seattle Times identifies the woman as Heather DeHart of Bothell who was a music teacher at Tyee Middle School in Bellevue.
The accident occurred on Saturday evening when a motorboat driven by a 17-year-old young man crashed into and over a sailboat that was at anchor according to KOMOTV.com, killing the woman and injuring two passengers on the sailboat. The driver of the motorboat and his 16-year-old female companion also suffered minor injuries.
Crash investigators said the motorboat may have been speeding at the time of the collision. It is unknown whether the motorboat saw the sailboat and if the sailboat had any lights on. The sailboat passengers tried to wave the motorboat to slow down and they shouted “Stop! Stop! Slow down!” according to Police Spokeswoman Renee Witt.
If it is found that the young man was speeding, he could be charged with Vehicular Assault and Vehicular Homicide. A driver of a motor vehicle can be charged with Vehicular Homicide if a person dies as a result of negligent operation of a vehicle and that includes driving recklessly.
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