September 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM
Police: Driver was ‘bored’ just before fatal I-405 crash
UPDATE AT 3:17 P.M.: A judge this afternoon set bail at $1 million for Sampson.
ORIGINAL POST: A 27-year-old man told police he was using methamphetamines, methadone and heroin and racing at speeds up to 150 mph because he was “bored” when he caused a fatal collision on Interstate 405 last week, according to court documents.
A statement of probable cause released on Monday indicates prosecutors plan to charge Samuel C. Sampson, 27, of Woodinville, with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. A judge over the weekend found probable cause to hold Sampson until charges are filed.
Prosecutors allege in court documents that Sampson was driving with his wife in her Audi RS4 on I-405 around 10 p.m. Thursday when he struck a BMW and a Honda Ridgeline pickup near Bellevue’s Main Street. A fourth car was also involved, police said.
The BMW burst into flames, trapping and killing 22-year-old Riley Beckford, police said.
Beckford, a graduate of Federal Way High School, was returning from Lake Sammamish where he’d spent the day on the lake with family friends, a spokesman for his family said last week.
King County prosecutors allege Sampson told police after the collision that he had been “bored, I guess” when he was racing, swerving and “going really fast.” He admitted using methamphatimines, heroin and methadone in the days and hours leading up to the fatal crash, according to the probable-cause statement.
A spokeswoman for the family of Sampson’s wife said that the couple had gotten into a fight at their Woodinville condo earlier that day and that Sampson tore up the condo and tried to choke his wife.
Sampson allegedly told his wife he was taking her car and she ran out and got in the car to stop him, the family spokeswoman said. She said the fight continued in the car and Sampson attempted to push her out of the car onto the interstate.
Court documents say the wife told police that Sampson made her unbuckle her seat belt prior to the collision.
She and a passenger in another vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Sampson, an unemployed computer programmer who moved here from New York in May, was released from Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue and has been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
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