A 43-year-old Kuna woman has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter in the death of a Boise bicyclist who died after a collision in November.
Sharon E. Howell was arrested on a warrant and booked into the Ada County Jail Thursday afternoon. Released Friday on $20,000 bond, she is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Kurt Krieger, 47, died at the scene of the Nov. 28 crash at Meridian Road and Lake Hazel Road.
Howell was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to the Idaho Transportation Department crash report.
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Sheriff’s investigators said Krieger was headed west on Lake Hazel, attempting to cross Meridian. Howell, who was driving a Ford Taurus, was traveling north on Meridian, the ITD report shows. Krieger and his bike hit the center of the Taurus’ front bumper.
There are no stop signs or traffic signals regulating travel on that section of Meridian Road, but there are stop signs on Lake Hazel Road.
Kurt Krieger, who worked as an electrician, had a congenital eye condition that prevented him from getting a driver’s license, his mother said Thursday. He rode his bicycle everywhere.
On the day of the crash he was riding to Kuna for a joint birthday celebration with his best friend. He was just three days shy of his 48th birthday.
“My son several years ago took a trip to the Oregon Coast. He rode his bike from Portland to Astoria, and Astoria to Newport, and never had an accident,” Phyllis Krieger said.
Toxicology tests showed that Howell’s blood alcohol level was .09, the ITD report says. The legal limit for drivers is .08. Krieger did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, according to reports.
Driver distraction was listed as a contributing factor in the crash. The investigator’s summary of the collision said Howell was distracted by taking a drink from a “sports drink bottle.”
While deputies were investigating the Howell-Krieger collision, another vehicle drove into the crash scene. That driver — Gerald A. Makovsky Jr., 52 — had a blood alcohol level of .231, investigators said.
Makovsky was initially charged with excessive driving under the influence and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of driving under the influence, both misdemeanors.