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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Lt. Lisa Holton
Date: February 08, 2020 8:37 AM
Case Number: SR20-01061

Woman Arrested for Hit and Run Collision Involving Infant

On Friday, February 07, 2020 at approximately 9:26 a.m. San Rafael Police Department dispatch began receiving 9-1-1 calls reporting a traffic collision involving an infant in a stroller at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and E Streets. As dispatch was sending officers to the location, Sergeant Todd Berringer saw a gray Honda Civic travelling east on Fifth Ave. toward D Street. Sgt. Berringer believed the vehicle may have been involved in the collision and was attempting to flee. Sgt. Berringer moved in behind the Honda and turned on his emergency lights to stop the car. When the driver pulled to the right to stop, she struck a parked car on D Street. 

Officers responding to the collision scene determined that the driver of the Honda was, in fact, involved in the collision. The driver of the Honda, twenty-eight-year-old Ashley Bowman, of Vallejo made a left turn from south bound E St onto east bound Fifth Ave and failed to yield to pedestrians in the cross walk. The pedestrian, a nineteen-year-old woman from San Rafael was pushing a stroller carrying her nine-month-old baby brother. Bowman’s vehicle struck the stroller, causing it to overturn. The infant was thrown from the stroller and sustained facial injuries. Bowman stopped briefly and engaged with the pedestrian, before fleeing the scene. 

Bowman was evaluated for being under the influence of drugs after officers smelled the strong odor of marijuana in her vehicle. Bowman’s own six-month-old daughter was a passenger in the vehicle during the collision. Bowman was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, hit and run causing injury, child endangerment, and failing to provide insurance following a collision. She was booked at the Marin County Jail. 

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.

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Posted: February 08, 2020 4:37 PST by A. Holm #517

Updated: February 08, 2020 4:39 PST by Alex Holm

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