On Sunday, August 27th at 1:36pm, RIVERCOM dispatch received information of an injury off-road vehicle collision in the area of Scotty Creek off Highway 97 on Blewett Pass. Detailed information concerning the exact location of the incident, patient condition, and cause of accident were sketchy. Deputies, Cascade Medics, and CCFD#6 personnel responded to the area. It was ultimately determined that an adult female operating ORV 4-wheeler (quad) with her 12, year old daughter as a passenger had lost control and traveled over a steep embankment. The female operator, Brenda Bowlby, 46, of Bremerton was reported to have a significant ankle fracture and dislocated shoulder. The 12 year old female was reported to have minor injuries.
Rescuers located the collision scene off of the USFS 400 Spur Road approximately 3/4 of a mile northwest of the intersection with the USFS 7322 Road. This location is about 2 ½ miles west of US Highway 97. Bowlby and her daughter had been riding the quad on a downhill grade of the primitive road when Bowlby encountered some rutting in roadway. She lost control of the quad and traveled off the right hand shoulder, through some trees, and came to rest about 50 feet below the road on a steep embankment. Both Bowlby and her daughter had been ejected off of the vehicle.
Brenda Bowlby’s husband, Bryan Bowlby, 49, had been riding double with his son on a quad ahead of Brenda. He stopped after encountering the rough ruts in the road and observed the crash. He responded to assist his wife and daughter while calling 911 for assistance. The 12 year old suffered bruising and abrasions on her back and upper legs. Both subjects were transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee for treatment.
The Bowlby’s had rented the two quad ORV’s from a business in Leavenworth and were on a day ride in the Scotty Creek and Shazer Creek areas.