Port Angeles man charged with vehicular homicide following Sequim wreck

Port Angeles man died in Sequim collision

Port Angeles man has been charged with vehicular homicide following a fatal head-on collision in Sequim last week.

Driver John Ronald Sutton, 25, of Port Angeles, was charged with the Class A felony when he appeared in Clallam County Superior Court on Monday, June 3.

Driver Lou M. Galgano, 27, of Port Angeles, died following the crash on U.S. Highway 101 east of River Road at about 4:45 p.m. a week ago on May 29.

Court records say Sutton registered a 0.124 on a portable breathalyzer test 84 minutes after the crash.

Records say Sutton told law enforcement that he had taken DayQuil at 8 a.m. the morning of the wreck and that he had not consumed any alcohol following the wreck.

Sutton posted $25,000 bond on May 31 and has been ordered to wear a device that monitors his alcohol consumption.

He also cannot drive unless the vehicle has a breathalyzer interlock device.

Sutton is scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. June 14.

Sutton was eastbound on Highway 101 in a 2001 Mazda Tribute SUV when he crossed the center line and struck Galgano’s westbound 2003 Ford Focus compact head-on, according to a State Patrol press memo.

The speed limit where the collision occurred is 55 mph. The State Patrol did not report Sutton’s speed.

Sutton was booked into the Clallam County jail on May 29.

Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour set $25,000 for Sutton, 25, at his first Superior Court appearance on May 30.

Sutton refused medical attention, according to a State Patrol press memo.

Matthew Phillips, the arresting State Patrol officer, said he smelled alcohol on Sutton’s breath before administering the field sobriety test.

“Sutton admitted to only taking DayQuil at 8 a.m.,” according to the probable cause statement.

Bruising to Sutton’s left arm and shoulder were consistent with being in the driver’s seat, according to the probable cause statement.

In setting bail, Coughenour said his primary considerations were Sutton’s ability to appear in court and whether he is a flight risk.