Report: No fault in accident that caused trooper’s death
Nevada Appeal News Service
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office released its findings on Wednesday on the cause of an automobile accident on Feb. 25 that took the life of Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone.
WCSO Deputy Brooke Keast said the report found no fault with either party.
Kelly-Borgognone’s patrol car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of the Pyramid Highway and Highland Ranch Parkway when she was responding to a bomb scare.
Another vehicle driven by Matthew Henderson, 30, of Sun Valley entered the intersection on a green light and ran into the driver’s side of Kelly-Borgognone’s vehicle. The report stated Kelly-Borgogone drove through a red light, which is legal. She was taken to Renown Medical Center in critical condition and died three days later.
“According to our investigation, neither driver was able to see the other vehicle,” Keast said. “Generally, you do have one primary person at fault, and in this case, we can’t say that.”
She said no charges will be filed against Henderson.
The 33-year-old Kelly-Borgognone was a 1992 Churchill County High School graduate. She had been involved in law enforcement for nine years, the last two in the NHP.
The WCSO handed the investigation because the accident involved the NHP.
Louis Schneider, a Las Vegas attorney representing Henderson, told the Lahontan Valley News on Wednesday that he was informed by Det. Shawn Wallace that his client would not be charged.
“My client is a single father of two, and he’s heartbroken that a mother of two lost her life,” Schneider said.
Schneider also said the WCSO has treated the case and his client with professionalism.
Trooper Chuck Allen, a spokesman with the NHP, said the sheriff’s office will forward a copy of the report to the senior leadership at his agency to discuss the findings.