A driver convicted of vehicular manslaughter last February was ordered today by a judge to pay criminal restitution of more than $370,000 to the family of the jogger she killed two years ago.
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 Mrs. Zampa’s death in July 2011. The judge also ordered restitution to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board for approximately $3,000 paid by the state victim compensation program for the funeral expenses of the victim and counseling costs for her family. The judge also ordered more than $3,500 in attorney’s fees paid to Zampa’s family for probate expenses in settling her estate.
The bulk of the restitution, in the amount $368,298.89, was ordered by the judge for the future lost wages of Mrs. Zampa, who was a registered nurse. The judge calculated the amount based upon Mrs. Zampa’s estimated earnings for the remaining seven years of her nursing career before she intended to retire. Local attorney and victim-rights advocate, Richard Molin, attorney for the Zampa family assisted the judge and prosecution in calculating the amount. Lastly, the judge ordered Ramos to pay a 10% interest on the entire restitution amount starting today.
District Attorney Mike Ramsey said today, “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.”
Ramsey noted the District Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Assistance Center was instrumental in assisting the Zampa family in applying for state victim compensation funds to help them through their initial period of grief and confusion over the loss of their loved one. Services are available for all crime victims at the center inside the District Attorney’s Office in Oroville.
Mrs. 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 Mrs. Zampa, rather than believing Ramos’ story that a coyote had darted into the road causing her to swerve into Mrs. 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.