Man will Not Be Charged in Trooper Death

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

THURSDAY (UPDATE):
RENO (KOLO) -- The investigation into a crash that claimed the life of a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper is now complete, according to a news release issued by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. However, a report on the accident has not been released to KOLO.

The news release states Trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone was driving northbound on Pyramid with emergency lights on, but no siren. Her car was struck by an SUV driven by Matthew Henderson of Sun Valley at the intersection with Sparks Blvd. Henderson had the green light, although Kelly-Borgognone had the authority to precede past red lights.

The Sheriff's Office says Henderson had a duty to yield the right-of-way.

However, authorities say there were mitigating circumstances in the case -- neither driver could see each other because of an "A" pillar obstruction.

The news release sent to KOLO did not state how fast either driver was traveling at the time of the crash.

It did state that no charges will be filed against Henderson, citing an extensive investigation of the totality of the circumstances.

TUESDAY:
RENO (KOLO) -- A Sun Valley man involved in a crash with a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper will not face charges, according to his attorney.

Louis Schneider of the Law Offices of Louis C. Schneider in Las Vegas, says that's what he was told by the lead detective investigating the incident.

The accident at Sparks Blvd. and the Pyramid highway happened the night of February 25, and claimed the life of NHP Trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone.

Schneider says his client, Matthew Henderson of Sun Valley, was driving within one or two miles per hour of the speed limit when the accident happened. Schneider also says Henderson passed a field sobriety test and blood-draw test. Additionally, Schneider says an independent witness said Henderson had a green light.

Schneider says his client has been upset and heartbroken over Kelly-Borgognone's death -- and both Henderson and Schneider express condolences.

Kelly-Borgognone was responding to a report of a suspicious cooler found at gas station the night of the accident.

Schneider says his client never heard sirens. "...you're quite capable of getting beyond the physics of a siren of a vehicle once you approach 80, 85 mph the siren is ineffective. My client assures me that he never heard a siren that night so we're anxious to see... who was going what speeds," Schneider said.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office, which investigated the crash, tells KOLO-8 a report on the incident has been essentially completed. However, the agency says it will not be released until after it is reviewed by the NHP.


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