On September 30, a catastrophic incident unfolded when Ting Ye lost control of a Porsche on a Bellevue street, leading to a crash that tragically killed her passenger, Yabao Liu. Surveillance footage captured the car speeding through intersections before hitting a cement barricade, flipping, and landing upside down. Emergency services, arriving approximately 45 minutes later, found Liu deceased and detected a strong smell of alcohol on Ye.
Ye was hospitalized but released on October 6. Within days, she crossed into Canada and boarded a flight to China. Authorities, who have charged Ye with vehicular homicide and set bail at $2 million, have issued a warrant for her arrest. Bellevue police have expressed their intention to issue an Interpol Red Notice to flag her travel, although the U.S. lacks an extradition agreement with China.
The Bellevue Police Department has publicly urged Ye to return to the U.S. to provide closure to the victim’s family. Meanwhile, law enforcement is collaborating with international agencies to track down Ye, who, if found to have had assistance in fleeing, could implicate others in her escape.
This case has highlighted the challenges faced in cross-border law enforcement and the pursuit of justice across international lines.