Crash victim’s family seeks restitution

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The family of a British Columbia man who was killed in an alcohol-related crash in August 2011 is seeking about $18,000 in restitution from the Clallam Bay prison inmate who is serving five years for his death.

Steven W. Boyd, 49, of Port Angeles pleaded guilty in June to alcohol-fueled vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault.

The pleas were connected to an early morning collision on state Highway 112 that immediately killed Ahousaht First Nation member Darrell Campbell, 49, and seriously injured two family members.

Clallam County Superior Court Judge Ken Williams continued Boyd’s restitution hearing Thursday to 9 a.m. Dec. 20 to allow attorneys in the case — Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Troberg and Alex Stalker of Clallam Public Defenders — to review the six-page restitution request.

“I’m not candidly certain that all of them are covered by the restitution statute,” Troberg told Williams.

Funeral, travel costs

The restitution being sought is about evenly divided between funeral expenses and travel costs, Troberg said.

“I think they will get part of it,” Troberg said in a later interview. “Bear in mind, Mr. Boyd is in prison, so he does not have any income.

“Kind of at this point, it’s a matter of putting a number on paper.”

The restitution request was submitted by Cross Border Law LLP of Vancouver, B.C., which represents the victims’ families.

Family members frequently traveled from Canada to Port Angeles to witness the court proceedings, including about 30 who attended Boyd’s guilty-plea hearing.

The State Patrol said Boyd had a 0.12 percent blood-alcohol level from a blood sample taken 95 minutes after the 8 a.m. wreck and a 0.079 percent level about two hours after the crash.

The legal limit in Washington is 0.08 percent.

Campbell’s brother, Angus P. Campbell, 57, was driving the 2008 Ford Ranger when Boyd crossed the centerline of state Highway 112 in his SUV and struck the pickup truck about 5 miles west of Port Angeles.

Campbell’s niece, Sophie H. Campbell, 18, was in the back seat.

The family members were traveling to Neah Bay to attend Makah Days.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5060, or at paul.gottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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