A 22-year-old man is charged with two counts of first-degree assault after he allegedly admitted to ramming pedestrians with his car in Bothell to avoid going to work.
When Eli Aldinger, 22, got ready to head to work at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell for his food service job April 20, he decided he would do anything to avoid his job.
So he decided to run over some pedestrians with his car.
That’s what he told a Bothell police officer that afternoon after he was arrested for investigation of hitting two people in the street, according to charging documents.
Now Aldinger is charged with two counts of first-degree assault.
Officer Michael Szilagyi was finishing a crash investigation at the corner of Bothell Way Northeast and Northeast 185th Street in the town northeast of Seattle when he heard the screeching of car tires, according to his incident report. He spotted a Toyota Camry driving north on the wrong side of the road on Bothell Way near Northeast 183rd, where a 46-year-old pedestrian was running to dodge the car, court records indicate.
The Camry driver reportedly stopped in a left turn lane when he saw Szilagyi and the officer turned his patrol car around to block him from advancing. A Chevrolet Avalanche pulled up behind the Camry and its driver yelled that the Camry had just hit three pedestrians.
Aldinger didn’t intend to kill people, just injure them, the report says.
He described hitting a 44-year-old woman on Main Street while she crossed the street with her husband and allegedly claimed he sped up from about 20 mph to 35 or 40 mph to strike her.
He then spotted a 43-year-old woman at Main Street and Bothell Way and swerved to hit her, according to court records.
Aldinger narrowly missed hitting the 46-year-old man and then slowed his car down because he thought he “already struck three people and thought that was a bit excessive,” Szilagyi wrote.
He allegedly claimed he looked forward to “spending a few years in a room” and said this was a “life experience” and “he was just trying to take it all in,” the police report says.
When Szilagyi asked him if his spree was worth it, he reportedly replied, “Yeah.”
The 44-year-old woman suffered serious bruising on much of her body and the 43-year-old was bruised on her thigh, but neither was seriously hurt, Bothell police reports say.
Aldinger remains jailed on $1 million bail.