Ahousaht First Nation’s fisheries manager has been killed by a drunk driver in Washington State.
Darrell E. Campbell, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car crash on Highway 12 near Port Angeles on the morning of Aug. 25, Washington State Patrol spokesperson Krista Hedstrom confirmed.
Two of Campbell’s relatives—driver Angus Campbell, 57, and Sophie Campbell, 18—were airlifted to Seattle’s Harbourview Medical Centre with undetermined injuries. Angus Campbell was treated and released from hospital, while Sophie Campbell remains at Harborview.
Calls to the center for an update of her condition weren’t returned.
All three are from the Ahousaht First Nation, 12 miles west of Tofino.
The trio was headed to the Makah Days celebrations in Neah Bay, Wash., Hedstrom said.
According to Hedstrom, the accident happened when Steve W. Boyd, 48, drove his eastbound Isuzu Rodeo across the double yellow center line and collided with Angus Campbell’s Ford Ranger.
Alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident.
“But we’re still waiting for toxicology results to determine the exact amount he had in his system,” Hedstrom said.
Boyd faces charges of vehicular homicide.
Boyd is being held in Clallam County jail and was to be formally charged on Tuesday August 30.
Up to 113 members of Darrell Campbell’s family and tribal members from both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the border held a prayer ceremony for him at the crash site on Friday August 26, the Peninsula Daily News reported. Law enforcement stopped traffic for the duration of the prayers.
Darrell Campbell was known for his advocacy for fishing rights. In September 2010 he testified at hearings to investigate precipitous declines in the Fraser River sockeye runs.