Wife of man accused in fatal crash: 'I honestly think he wanted to die'

SEATTLE -- The wife of the man accused of being high on meth and causing a deadly crash on I-405 says she was in the passenger seat when her suicidal husband slammed into another car at 140 miles per hour.

Stacy Abele's husband, 27-year-old Samuel Sampson, is now behind bars at the King County Jail, charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly instigating last week's fatal crash.

Abele said she can't begin to explain why her husband "lost it" on the road.

"I was pretty much numb to the situation," she said. "I was thinking if we crash I'm either going to die or I'm going to live, that's literally all I was thinking about."

Washington State Patrol troopers say Sampson was high on meth and racing the couple's high-powered Audi down I-405 when he slammed into a BMW, which then burst into flames, killing 22-year-old Ian Beckford.

Abele said the Audi was going roughly 140 miles per hour at the time of impact.

"There was a good Samaritan holding my hand and I just remember saying, 'Somebody's going to die in that car,' I don't know what to ... what can we do?" she said.

On his Twitter account, Sampson bragged about speeding prior the crash. In one Tweet he claims he "blew past a cop at 130 miles per hour."

But Abele paints a different picture of her husband. She said he recently lost his job and couldn't sleep for several days. She said he even checked himself into a hospital the night before the crash, but she wouldn't say what he was treated for.

"They didn't do anything but give him IV fluids," she said. "They didn't speak to me about it, and I think if he would have been given anti-psychotics he could have come home and slept."

Instead, Abele said doctors released him and just a day later he became suicidal while behind the wheel. She also said he unbuckled her seat belt before they crashed.

"And I tried to buckle it a couple times and he wouldn't let me," she said. "I honestly think he wanted to die, like he wanted to die at that moment."

Both Abele and Sampson survived the horrific crash. Her arms and legs are bruised and her hip is slightly fractured, but she will be alright.

She said Sampson has never done anything like that in the past.

"No, he's never hurt me before, but I didn't really know what to do. I was kind of scared," she said.

Abele said her husband was not himself that day and she feels for the other victim's family.

"For the people who are alive, I'm glad they're alive," she said. "I wish there was something more I could do. The only thing I want right now is for Ian to be alive."

Sampson has been charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving.