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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — A Sandpoint woman accused of leaving the scene of a deadly highway crash involving a fallen motorcyclist is pleading not guilty.

Brianna Lucille Knapp’s plea sets the stage for a three-day jury trial in 1st District Court in May. She is charged with leaving the scene of a fatality or injury crash, a felony.

Knapp waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Bonner County Magistrate Court earlier this month, essentially agreeing that the state possessed enough evidence to justify a trial in the matter.

Idaho State Police said Kurt P. Henson was riding westbound in a construction zone on Highway 200 when he hit an abrupt lane edge and crashed his Harley-Davidson. Knapp, who was also westbound, then crashed into Henson and his bike, state police said.

Henson, a 47-year-old from Post Falls, died at the scene and his passenger, Kimberly Lenox, 43, also of Post Falls, was injured. Knapp is accused of leaving the scene and abandoning her stricken pickup truck.

Knapp, 28, is not accused of causing or contributing to Henson’s death, according to charging papers. She is accused of failing to remain at the scene to provide her driver information or render reasonable assistance, such as calling 911.

The crashes happened on July 24, 2012 west of Clark Fork. At the time, the Idaho Transportation Department was resurfacing the highway and signs were erected to warn motorists that one lane of the highway was higher than the other.

Henson was an off-duty Spokane Police Department motorcycle patrol officer at the time of his death, according to published media accounts.

Knapp is free on her own recognizance while the case is pending.

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  • jules posted at 8:35 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    jules Posts: 32

    You tell no truth at all, I think you are just very sad and bitter in your own life, you want somebody else to suffer with you, well maybe if your were nicer to people you might have friends and family around. nobody hid her, you and your binoculars ha ha your funny.

  • jules posted at 8:24 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    jules Posts: 32

    she did not hit him, it was in the court papers. nobody was hiding her and you are just sick for saying what you said putting words in my mouth. her blood alcohol was tested that morn. when she turned her self in it still would have shown up. This is what is wrong with this country people making horrible comments about something they know nothing about wait for the out come before you know the whole truth.

  • jules posted at 8:12 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    jules Posts: 32

    I was not just pointing the finger at the Bee! if the passenger's interview would have helped the prosecution I think they would have used it in the first go around but it was thrown out with for lack of evidence, so let us just wait and see before you past judgement on her.

  • jules posted at 8:04 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    jules Posts: 32

    no her privilege's were not revoked, but she did not have her license she had not got it from DMV, but she has it now, and I agree she should of not been out there driving, but neither should of the officer. she did not hit him, the corners reports stated he was not hit that he died from his the injuries from the motor cycle crash, and that he was 2 times the legal limit, there was a car behind her that stop when her tire blew they came forward too, and they didn't not render aid. its just really sad that you always have to believe the media they are not always right, look when they had breaking news a few weeks ago about the comedian from spokane that had died from a heart attack, he called in during the news cast and told them not true! they got the info off of facebook!

  • Concerns Clark Fork posted at 10:54 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Concerns Clark Fork Posts: 9

    So what "jules" is saying is that the credible witness that saw Brianna Knapp hit the downed BUT ALIVE Kurt Hanson was wrong, cause Kurt had been drinking. You have no proof, let alone ACTUAL knowledge of this accident. She was drunk and fled the scene, because SHE was drunk, had no license OR any insurance!! She didn't KNOW there was an accident??Yeah, because SHE was drunk. PERIOD. She waited to turn herself in until the alcohol had ran out of her system. She KNEW exactly what she had done...thus running became her only option. The cop was ALIVE when Brianna hit him. She deserves to be in PRISON!! I hope they send her away for a long time-those that helped hide her until she "turned herself in" should be held accountable as well for obstructing justice!!

  • B Hunter posted at 10:34 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    B Hunter Posts: 99

    Not Guity? Right. All one has to do is read the article.

    Jules: I also would like to know where you get your information that the officer who passed in this unfortunate mishap was under the influence? If you are going make statements like that, you better have a source. Don't blame the Bee for reporting based on the information they have. You may not like how it reads, but there it is. This girl is in serious trouble.

    I don't see any reports where the passenger was intereviewed concerning the incident. Maybe the prosecuting attorney is saving that for the trial.

  • Old Cop posted at 9:58 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    If Brianna's privileges had been revoked that would have likely been the cause of her panic and flight. Fleeing the scene is unusual and when caught culprits are often found to be guilty of one or more of the following offenses, to have been drinking, to have a warrant out for their arrest, to not have insurance or to not have a valid license.

  • Todd Allen posted at 11:26 am on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    Todd Allen Posts: 210

    You are correct Old Cop anyone with a driver's license would know better, the problem is this yound lady had her privilege revoked. Jules you seem to know her personally, was her privilege to drive revoked as I read in the previous articile and on public record. My major problem is she should have NEVER been out in the first place. If you can't be responsible to provide the proper items necessary to drive then stay of the roads!! Please correct me if I am mistaken

  • Old Cop posted at 7:39 am on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    I would think anybody having a driver's license would know better than to leave the scene of a collision if they were involved. Fear and panic will sometimes outweigh common sense. I was attending Cal in Berkeley and commuting from Oakland on a bike. I hit a trench that Pacific Gas and Electric had dug across the roadway near the old Claremont Hotel. My bike went one way and I went the other.. When I stopped sliding I found myself half under the car following me. It didn't hit me and I scrambled out from under it frantically hoping the driver wouldn't panic and run over me trying to flee the scene. That would have killed me. I found him puking his guts up thinking he had killed me. My bike was still running. It just lost a little paint . I lost a lot of skin and the driver lost everything he had for breakfast. I was ever so glad he hadn't panicked and ran like Brianna

  • jules posted at 6:34 pm on Sun, Jan 27, 2013.

    jules Posts: 32

    That's part of what I was saying they did not report that in the media, but the court papers state he was over 2 times the legal limit.

  • wilson posted at 7:52 pm on Sat, Jan 26, 2013.

    wilson Posts: 1097

    I just re-read the article twice and can't see where there was any alcohol involved. Where did you get that information?

  • jules posted at 10:40 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    jules Posts: 32

    This just make's me sick! the media keep's telling everybody that Brianna was involved in the accident, she did not know there was an accident . Now we find out the officer was over two time's the legal limit and he was a safety officer at that! Well I am very sorry for his family and him for losing his life its horrible but we need to put the mistake where it belongs, he new better this is his job to keep people from Drinking and Driving and hurting them self's or others, well now Brianna and her children are suffering for the officer's actions. Too all of you that keep making comments about her, you don't know you weren't there, but if it was you in this situation I don't think you would think it's right ether . It's a witch hunt they have to blame somebody besides the officer because there never wrong, well he was wrong in his lack of judgement . 2 times the legal limit wow, had it been just one of us that it happened too it would have said we were 2 times the legal limit and that is what caused the accident Shame on the Washington state patrol, I'm sorry he lost his life but it was his fault and he was not the only officer drinking in the group of them they had made the loop stopped and the bar's on the was they were all drinking and driving Shame on all of you that were there friends don't let friends Drink and Drive.