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Driver in fatal accident on I-405 may be charged with vehicular homicide

Mercer Island Reporter Reporter
September 17, 2013 · 11:45 AM

A fatal car wreck in the southbound lanes of I-405 in Bellevue last Thursday night is now being investigated as a possible vehicular homicide, according to Washington State Patrol, and the deceased has been identified as Ian Riley Beckford, a 22-year-old Federal Way man. The accident held up traffic on the interstate for hours.

Beckford was trapped inside his vehicle after it rolled several times and caught fire, and, according to Washington State Patrol, the cause of the accident may be another driver high on methamphetamine.

That driver, identified as a 27-year-old from Woodinville, was driving his Audi at speeds in excess of 100 mph when he struck Beckford’s car and another vehicle. He was taken to Overlake Medical Center and arrested. Two others hurt were also taken to Overlake.

Beckford’s family is being represented by attorney Eric Makus, who said Ian was on his way back from Lake Sammamish, where he was with family friends.

“The family is absolutely overwhelmed and devastated,” Makus said. “It’s just disbelief. What makes this particularly horrific is the imagery, the photos, that burning car, and you know there was a 22-year-old young man perishing in that car.”


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