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April 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Driver who caused fatal I-405 crash pleads guilty

A man who was high on meth and driving up to 100 mp when he caused a fiery collision that killed a 22-year-old Federal Way man last year pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault this morning in King County Superior Court.

Samual C. Sampson, 27, of Woodinville, was using methamphetamine when he headed south on Interstate 405 with his wife in her Audi RS4 on Sept. 12, police and prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say Sampson crashed into two vehicles, including a BMW driven by Ian Beckford, who was returning from a day of water-skiing at Lake Sammamish. The BMW burst into flames and Beckford died trapped inside, authorities said.

Sampson, his wife and an occupant of the third car suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the Bellevue crash, police said.

Prosecutors said they will recommend that Sampson be sentenced to five years in prison at his sentencing hearing scheduled for June 6.

“Today, Mr. Sampson has at some minimum level accepted responsibility for his selfish and reckless actions which resulted in Ian’s death,” wrote Beckford’s uncle, Scott A. Marks, in a statement released this morning. “The family struggles to accept the small punitive consequence to Mr. Sampson for his actions and continues to reel in grief, but is hopeful that they can get some degree of closure to their senseless and tragic loss.”

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