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September 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM
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.”
September 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM
A car crash on southbound Interstate 405 just north of Northeast 8th Street is blocking the two left lanes, according to a tweet from the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Medical aid and fire assistance have arrived on the scene, a department alert said. It’s unclear yet whether anyone was injured in the crash.
This collision is in addition to a fatal, three-car pileup on I-405 northbound near Main Street earlier this evening. That accident is being investigated as a vehicular homicide.
September 12, 2013 at 10:24 PM
The driver who caused the fatal crash on Interstate 405 may have been high on meth when he was going at more than 100 miles per hour and slammed into the back end of a BMW, which rolled and caught fire, killing the driver.
The driver of the Audi was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.
UPDATE: 10:43 p.m. | The fatal car crash on Interstate 405 is now being investigated as a vehicular homicide, according to a tweet from State Patrol spokesman Chris Webb.
“Another vehicle may have assisted in the collision,” Webb said.
The crash is under further investigation.
ORIGINAL POST | A driver was killed in a car accident on Interstate 405 in Bellevue when the driver’s vehicle rolled “several times,” according to State Patrol spokesman Chris Webb.
The driver died at the scene when the car rolled and caught fire, Webb tweeted. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash, which is blocking all southbound lanes of the highway, he said. Northbound lanes are facing a “heavy backup,” according to the Department of Transportation.
Webb tweeted that the car that rolled had been seen driving at a “high rate.”
This post will be updated when more information becomes available.
August 26, 2013 at 6:37 AM
The Associated Press
UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. |
A semi-truck struck and killed a Seattle woman who was sitting in her car and waiting for help after she hit a deer on Interstate 405 on Monday.
The 24-year-old called 911 several times — and apparently her boyfriend, as well — to report that she was stopped in a left-center lane on I-405 southbound in Bellevue, Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb said.
Both a trooper and the boyfriend were on their way at about 4:30 a.m. when a semi struck the woman’s car and pushed it off the left shoulder, killing her. The boyfriend arrived in the aftermath of the crash.
“We had a trooper en route to the scene and then we got calls the vehicle had been struck,” Webb said.
The patrol identified the woman as Alea S. Price, of Seattle, and said she was wearing a seatbelt.
She reported to dispatchers that she believed her car, a 2006 Toyota Scion, was disabled after striking the deer, Webb said. There was some front-end damage, but investigators weren’t sure that was the case.
Troopers don’t believe drugs or alcohol factored in the crash. They interviewed the truck’s driver, identified as Kulwinder Singh, 28, of Blaine, on Monday morning.
The state Transportation Department said the crash caused about a 2-mile backup.
August 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM
Traffic into Seattle is terrible right now, but that’s no surprise, as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website showed on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to a Mariners game against the Milwaukee Brewers at 6:10 p.m on Saturday, during which Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame and 20,000 bobbleheads will be distributed, a number of road closures and construction projects have doubled traveling times in many areas, WSDOT says.
Traffic cameras show patches of gridlock on northbound Interstate 5 from Boeing Field through Lake City Way, with the biggest backups at the downtown Seattle exits. Southbound I-5 is heaviest from Northgate Way through the University of Washington area, the transportation department’s traffic cameras show.
A Washington State Patrol spokesman, Trooper Dominic Ledesma, said traffic into Seattle has been heavy and steady for most of the day, beginning before 11 a.m. He said there were no major collisions that contributed to the congestion.
“It’s what we expected,” he said. “Just ordinary gridlock traffic.”
In addition to the complete closure of I-405 northbound through Bellevue, Highway 522, west of downtown Bothell, has been reduced to one lane in each direction. The ramps from Highway 167 onto northbound I-405 are also closed.
WSDOT said people heading into Seattle should seek alternatives to driving or expect to spend twice as long on the road.
August 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM
All northbound lanes of Interstate 405 will close for pavement repairs this weekend in Bellevue, while the northbound interchange from Highway 167 to northbound I-405 will also close to replace a corroded drainpipe in Renton.
Closures begin at 10 p.m. Friday and last until 5 a.m. Monday. The dual projects are likely to cause delays. The state Department of Transportation asks drivers to spend a few minutes to plan an Eastside detour, switch to I-5 going north, carpool, or brace for a longer trip.
The Bellevue project will close northbound lanes between the Southeast Eighth Street/116th Street Southeast exit and Highway 520. Also, the I-90 ramps to northbound I-405 will close. Contractor crews will replace concrete freeway panels that are nearly 50 years old, next to downtown Bellevue.
Also, I-405 northbound from Highway 520 to Northeast 70th Street in Kirkland will be reduced to one lane from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday and from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, for overnight pavement grinding.
In Renton, the Highway 167 ramps to southbound I-405, and from Rainier Avenue South to northbound I-405, will remain open.
Spillover traffic this weekend could affect I-5 through downtown Seattle, as well as the Highway 520 toll bridge.
Traffic will be affected by a baseball game at 6:10 p.m Saturday, against the Milwaukee Brewers, when Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame; and another game against the Brewers at 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
The INRIX traffic-data firm, based next to Highway 520, suggests that drivers in Bellevue travel before 10 a.m., to avoid afternoon slowdowns. During a previous closure, Bellevue Way and 148th Avenue Northeast became congested mid-day, and didn’t return to normal until 6 p.m.
January 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM
If you’re in the mood for applesauce, just drive northbound on Interstate 405 at Highway 520 and you’ll see a load of apples that was were unleashed on the freeway around 5 p.m.
Traffic cameras caught some of the load still on the road, but most of the fruit is on the side. Maybe making the roads sticky will make them less slippery when temperatures drop tonight.
The drivers getting smashed apples on their vehicles today are lucky compared to the people who drove through a truckload of chicken manure that was dropped on the freeway last summer.
August 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM
A 44-year-old Vancouver, Wash., man died in a fiery car crash on Interstate 405 in Kirkland just before 2:30 p.m. today, according to Washington State Patrol.
Todd Bekins was exiting the northbound I-405 for Northeast 85th Street when for unknown reasons his 2005 Chevrolet Blazer veered right off the ramp, smashed into an exit sign and burst into flames, according to a WSP release. TV news footage shows the car was completely incinerated by the time emergency personnel could put out the fire.
State Patrol said some witnesses stopped and pulled the man out of the car, but he still died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.
August 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM
A pickup dumped almost its entire load of chicken manure on the southbound Interstate 405 near Kirkland a little before 7 p.m. today.
The smelly mess that had Twitter users commenting on the stench was concentrated in the middle lane between Northeast 70th Street and Northeast 85th Street, according to Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Broch Bender.
Two sweepers that travel between 20 and 30 mph are en route to move the mess to the side of the road, but no lanes will be closed, said Bender.
January 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM
A northbound car driven by a Seattle man in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near I-405 hit a car full of teenagers head-on at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, an official said.
No one was killed, but the driver and the other car’s five occupants were all transported to hospitals with various injuries. Police said both drivers may have been driving under the influence, according to Julie Startup, a trooper.
The Washington State Patrol first got a call about an erratic driver on I-5; the driver then apparently made a U-turn and began driving the wrong way on the highway.
The five occupants of the other car were ages 16 and 17.
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