SPD officer run over, killed in hit and run, driver turns self in

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 4:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 25 at 6:11 PM

CLARK FORK, Idaho— Police say the driver of a pickup truck that ran over and killed an off duty Spokane Police Officer after he crashed his motorcycle, has turned herself in.

Idaho State Police troopers said the wreck happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Highway 200 near Clark Fork.

Authorities said Officer Kurt Henson, 47, was riding his Harley Davidson with Kimberly Lenox, 43, when he struck an abrupt lane edge in a construction zone.  The impact threw both Henson and Lenox from the motorcycle.

Brianna Knapp was driving a Dodge pickup following behind the motorcycle. and allegedly ran over Henson and the bike. ISP says Knapp fled the scene, but the truck was later located. Knapp contacted law enforcement authorities and has been interviewed.

Based on information gathered from the interview, Knapp was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

Officials pronounced Henson dead and transported him to Coffelt Funeral Home.  They said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.  Medics transported Lenox to Bonner County Hospital for her injuries.  The extent of her injuries was not released.

ISP is looking for and wants to talk to an unknown female driving a small 2 door black car. ISP officials say this woman picked up a female driver of a disabled blue dodge pickup on Highway 200 near milepost 53. 

Authorities want to talk with the driver of the small black car and any other person who drove through the crash scene shortly after 10:30 pm.

Out of respect for the Spokane Police Department, KREM 2 initially withheld the victim's information until officers could be notified.

Acting Chief Scott Stephens says a death like this rocks his department to the core.
   
Fellow officers say Kurt Henson was a tender-hearted kind of guy.

Officer Henson leaves behind two daughters and a son.
 

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