7 1/2 Years for Walker in Vehicle Death

A Hoquiam man is pleading guilty to second degree manslaughter and four other charges in connection with the May 2017 death of a Taholah man.

Grays Harbor County Prosecutors say 32 year old James Donald Walker is expected to be sentenced to just under 7½ years in prison Friday as part of a plea agreement.

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Walker has been in custody since his arrest.

He was initially charged with first-degree manslaughter. He has also pleaded guilty to two counts of hit-and-run with injury and two counts of vehicular assault.

Investigators say 20 year-old James Smith-Kramer was killed and his friend, Harvey Anderson, was injured when Walker put his vehicle in reverse and “floored it” in the direction of a group of young people who had confronted him about what they called reckless driving near their campsite on a gravel bar in the Donkey Creek area near Humptulips.

Witnesses said Smith-Kramer died while pushing his friend out of harm’s way.

Smith-Kramer was a member of the Quinault Indian Nation, as were several others at the scene.