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Motorist Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter in Death of Boise Cyclist

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Sharon Howell, 43, is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and resisting or obstructing officers. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Sharon Howell, 43, is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and resisting or obstructing officers.
A Kuna woman was arrested and posted $20,000 bond at the Ada County Jail after being charged in the November 2014 death of a Boise cyclist.

It was Thanksgiving weekend, 2014, when 47-year Kurt Krieger was pronounced dead at the scene after he was hit in an intersection of Lake Hazel and Meridian roads. Investigators said Krieger was riding his bicycle westbound on Lake Hazel Road when he was hit by a Ford Taurus, traveling north on Meridian Road. Krieger had been heading toward the celebration of a joint birthday party with his best friend. He died three days short of his 48th birthday.

The driver of the Taurus, 43-year-old Sharon Howell, had a blood alcohol level of .09, according to prosecutors, who added that Howell had been distracted prior to the crash by taking a drink from a sports drink bottle in her vehicle. 

Howell was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and resisting or obstructing officers, was booked into the jail July 16 and bonded out. Her arraignment is set for Tuesday, July 21.

While police were investigating the incident last November, a second driver, 52-year-old Gerald Mokovsky, crashed into the scene. Makovsky, who had a blood alcohol level of .231, has already pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.