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Driver ordered to pay $370,000 to family of jogger she killed

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jul 13 2013 02:31:40 PM CDT
Martha Ramos photo
OROVILLE, Calif. -

A Butte County judge has ordered a driver convicted of vehicular manslaughter to pay criminal restitution of more than $370,000 to the family of the jogger she killed.

Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems ordered Martha Yolanda Ramos, 49, Oroville, to pay restitution to the family of Cathryn Zampa for the losses suffered as a result of Zampa’s death in July 2011.

The judge also ordered other expenses to be reimbursed including attorney’s fees.

The bulk of the restitution, in the amount $368,298.89, was for the future lost wages of Zampa, who was a registered nurse.

District Attorney Mike Ramsey said in a press release, “While the heartbroken Zampa family will continue to suffer from the tragic loss of their Cathy, this most recent order from the court is the type of result our office seeks in bringing in justice and closure to victims of crime in our community.”

Zampa, 58, was jogging on the dirt shoulder of Clark Road near Steamboat Rock Road shortly after 6:00 a.m. on July 5, 2011 when Ramos drove her car off the road and struck and killed her.

A jury found Ramos guilty of vehicular manslaughter after deliberating for two hours on February 8, 2013.  

The jury concluded Ramos negligently drove her car off the road into Zampa, rather than believing Ramos’ story that a coyote had darted into the road causing her to swerve into Zampa.

Ramos was sentenced on April 23, 2013 to three years’ probation with conditions she serve 30 days in Butte County Jail and perform 150 hours of community service.