Last Thursday night at 9:45, a 27-year-old Woodinville man and his passenger, also from Woodinville, were traveling south through Bellevue on I-405 in their 2008 Audi when they rear-ended a 2002 BMW 325 which subsequently caught fire, killing the 22-year-old driver, Ian Riley Beckford of Federal Way.
Another vehicle was also hit.Washington State Patrol Public Information Officer Trooper Chris Webb reported that it is suspected the driver of the Audi was going around 100 mph when the accident occurred. It is further suspected, according to Webb, that the Audi driver was under the influence methamphetamines. Tests are being run to determine the presence of drugs.
At press time, the Audi driver had not yet been charged, so The Woodinville Weekly will not publish his name until charges are filed.
In all, four people, including the driver of the Audi, were transported to Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue with non-life threatening injuries.
The Audi driver was being guarded by WSP troopers until his release from the hospital, at which time Webb reported that he would likely be charged with vehicular homicide.