Man pleads guilty to Grays Harbor fatal hit-run

MONTESANO, Wash. (AP) — A Hoquiam man has pleaded guilty to running over two young men at a Grays Harbor County campground last May, killing one who was celebrating his 20th birthday.

KOMO-TV reports that 32-year-old James Donald Walker pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, hit-and-run and vehicular assault in Grays Harbor County Superior Court Monday.

Jimmy Smith-Kramer of Tahola died at a hospital of his injuries. A 19-year-old Aberdeen man was injured.

Witnesses said a pickup truck driver intentionally ran over two people at the Donkey Creek Campground on the Humptulips area after campers became upset that the driver was driving recklessly.

Smith-Kramer was part of the Quinault Indian Nation, which issued a statement at the time from a witness that the driver was yelling racial slurs.

Walker faces a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison.