Driver of pickup that hit, killed SPD officer breaks down in court


by and Othello Richards

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 6:17 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho-- The North Idaho woman arrested for leaving the scene of a crash that killed an off duty Spokane Police Officer faced the judge Thursday in tears.

Authorities say Brianna Knapp's vehicle hit 12-year veteran of the Spokane Police Department Kurt Henson after Henson crashed his personal motorcycle.

The judge did not allow cameras in the courtroom but court documents reveal what Knapp told investigators about the crash after she turned herself in.

Knapp had tears in eyes, her voice quivered as she answered yes and no questions Thursday. She cried when the judge read her charges, one of which was leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Idaho State Police troopers said the wreck happened just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night 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.  Evidence shows the bike slid on its side before stopping.  Authorities say Henson came to rest on the road and Lenox on the side of the road.

Knapp was driving a Dodge pickup following behind the motorcycle and allegedly ran over Henson and the bike. ISP says Knapp fled the scene, and the truck was later located. Knapp contacted law enforcement authorities and was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

Henson died at the scene.  Lenox was transported to the hospital and later released in good condition.

According to court documents, when interviewed Knapp said she came around a corner, saw a vehicle stopped on the side of the road, swerved to avoid it and struck a raised edge in the construction area.

Documents say Knapp stated she stopped to inspect the damage, traveled another half mile and pulled to the side of the road because of damage to the right tire.
Authorities say another driver stopped and gave her a ride to Clark Fork.

Court papers say a witness saw Knapp’s pickup hit the motorcycle and most likely Hansen, but never does Knapp mention anything about hitting the bike in her account.

According to court documents Knapp does say there was a cup of alcohol in her vehicle, but it was from the previous day.

The judge set bail for Knapp at $25,000.

Idaho State Police would like to talk to the driver that gave her a ride.