UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. | The 22-year-old man who died on Interstate 405 in Bellevue last night after his car caught on fire during a high-speed crash has been identified as Ian Riley Beckford.
Seattle attorney Eric Makus identified the Federal Way man; Makus said he is representing the Beckford family.
Beckford was driving home after spending the day waterskiing and swimming with family friends on Lake Sammamish when he was killed, Makus said. Beckford had most recently been working in retail, but the Federal Way High School graduate planned to attend college this fall, Makus added.
Beckford’s family, parents Melinda and Fritz Beckford, and his 19-year-old brother, Shane, are devastated, Makus said.
“You look at those flames and it was absolutely horrifying. It’s hard not to look at this as an attack by an addict. It has taken a treasure, it has taken a son, it has taken a brother. It could have been anyone,” Makus said.
ORIGINAL POST: A 27-year-old Woodinville man appeared to be high on methamphetamine and driving at speeds nearing 100 miles per hour on Interstate 405 when he crashed into three other cars, killing another driver last night.
The suspect, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is being guarded by troopers at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, will be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide, said State Patrol spokesman Trooper Chris Webb. The State Patrol has not released the identity of the man killed, other than to say he is 22 and from Federal Way. Authorities say he died after being trapped in his 2002 BMW while it burned.
Two other people, one who was in a Honda Ridgeline and another who was in the Audi driven by the suspect, also suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the high-speed crash. Both were taken to Overlake.
According to troopers, the Woodinville man was speeding south on the interstate at 9:51 p.m. when he struck the BMW and the Ridgeline near Bellevue’s Main Street. The BMW caught on fire and struck a fourth vehicle, a 2000 Saturn. The interstate was blocked for almost seven hours.
Webb said the Woodinville man’s strange behavior and things he said made them believe he was high on drugs.
“Statements and observations led them to believe he was on methamphetamine,” Webb said this morning. He added that when troopers see someone high on methamphetamine “you get a lot of erratic behavior.”