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Case of Boise bicyclist killed in November collision now in hands of prosecutor

A Kuna woman who was driving the car that collided with bicyclist Kurt Krieger last year was legally intoxicated at the time, according to the Idaho Transportation Department crash report.

Krieger, a 47-year-old Boisean, died at the scene of the Nov. 28 crash. It occurred at 4:48 p.m. on Meridian Road at the intersection with Lake Hazel Road.

Sharon E. Howell, 42, was driving the Ford Taurus that struck Krieger, according to the ITD report. Toxicology tests showed that Howell’s blood alcohol level was .09; the legal limit is .08.

Howell was taken by paramedics to St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center. No information about injuries was provided in the report.

Driver distraction was listed as a contributing factor in the crash. The investigator’s summary of the collision said the driver was distracted by taking a drink from a “sports drink bottle.”

Ada County sheriff’s investigators have forwarded their report on the crash to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr said Tuesday.

Sheriff’s investigators said Krieger was headed west on Lake Hazel, attempting to cross Meridian. Howell’s car was traveling north on Meridian, the ITD report shows. The point of impact on the vehicle was the center of the front bumper.

Krieger was not wearing a helmet. Two-off duty nurses administered CPR, but he died at the scene.

Toxicology tests on Krieger showed that he did not have alcohol or drugs in his system.

There are no stop signs or traffic signals regulating travel on that section of Meridian Road. There are stop signs on Lake Hazel Road.

While deputies were investigating the accident, another vehicle drove into the crash scene. That driver — Gerald A. Makovsky Jr., 52 — had a blood alcohol level of .231, according to Orr.

Makovsky was initially charged with excessive driving under the influence and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of driving under the influence, both misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 170 days suspended, and two years of probation, according to online court records. He was also ordered to pay $1,208.50 in fines and fees.

Makovsky completed 24 hours of alcohol / substance abuse education and heard from a victim’s impact panel, online records show. His license was suspended for 180 days, but he applied for and received a temporary restricted license in January.

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