Kuna woman charged with felony vehicular manslaughter in connection with fatal car vs. bike crash last fall

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 43-year-old Kuna woman Thursday afternoon for her role in a car vs. bike crash on Meridian Road in November that resulted in the death of cyclist Kurt Krieger.

Sharon Howell is charged with a felony count of vehicular manslaughter and a misdemeanor court of resisting arrest.

Howell was released from the jail Thursday night after posting a $20,000 bond. Her initial court appearance is set for July 21.

The fatal collision occurred just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 28 in the intersection of Meridian and Lake Hazel roads.

Howell was driving a Ford Taurus north on Meridian Road when the car collided with Kurt Krieger, who was trying to cross Meridian Road on a bike at the Lake Hazel Road intersection.

The force of the impact knocked the 47-year-old Krieger off his bike. He was not wearing a helmet.

When deputies and paramedics arrived moments later, two off-duty nurses were giving Krieger CPR at the scene. Paramedics continued treatment before the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Howell was transported to a hospital after the crash, where deputies interviewed her.

Deputies later sent their report to Ada County Prosecutors, who issued an arrest warrant for Howell Wednesday.

Deputies went to Howell’s home Thursday to serve the warrant. Howell refused to come out of her home for about 30 minutes, which led to the misdemeanor resisting charge.

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