One man is in custody Tuesday night in relation to this investigation. A 20-year-old Taholah man died at the hospital over the weekend, both victims have been identified.
Undersheriff David Pimentel said in a press release Tuesday evening “An arrest was made of a 31-year-old Hoquiam resident reference the incident at the Donkey Creek Campground in Grays Harbor County on May 27.”
The subject has been booked into the Grays Harbor County Corrections Facility for Homicide 2nd Degree, and the white 4X4 pickup truck has been located and seized as evidence. A detailed press release will be done in the A.M. hours on May 31.
Pimentel added, “The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the media for all of their assistance with this investigation.”
Detectives say the man drove his truck over two men in the Humptulips area. Pimentel said that truck was seen driving recklessly and doing “donuts” on a gravel bar at the Donkey Creek Campgrounds around 1:30 Saturday morning. An argument ensued and the driving continued.
At one point a camper threw a rock at the vehicle and broke out a rear window, the driver got upset and backed up towards the campers, Pimentel said intentionally running over 20-year-old Quinault resident Jimmy Kramer, and his friend 19-year-old Harvey Anderson of Aberdeen. Both were in critical condition, Kramer died Saturday night at Tacoma General Hospital, a spokeswoman said Anderson was released Sunday.
Quinault council members spoke out against the account over the weekend saying that the rock was not thrown until the two men were attacked and contending that the crime may have been racially motivated.
The driver was described as white, 30 to 35-years-old, with dark hair and a short beard. There was also a passenger described as a 30-year-old white female with dark hair, she was heard screaming at the driver to stop when he backed up.
A vehicle similar to the one below was described by witnesses.
If anyone has any information in reference to this investigation, contact Detective Sergeant Darrin Wallace or Deputy Eric Cowsert at (360) 533-8765. Again more details are always sought, but detectives Tuesday night said that they have one man in custody in relation to this investigation.