Washington State Patrol says one dead in I-405 crash in Bellevue, vehicular homicide investigation underway

Ian Riley Beckford - Courtesy photo, Eric Makus
Ian Riley Beckford
— image credit: Courtesy photo, Eric Makus

A fatal car wreck in the southbound lanes of I-405 in Bellevue on 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.

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, and was taken to Overlake Medical Center and was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide. The driver of the third vehicle, as well as another driver who was struck by Beckford's BMW after it rolled, were also taken to Overlake.

Beckford's family is being represented by attorney Eric Makus, who said Ian had college in his future and was on his way back from Lake Sammamish where he was waterskiing and boating 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."

The Reporter will update this story as more information becomes available.


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