The Associated Press
RENO, Nev. — A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was in critical condition Tuesday after her patrol car was struck by another vehicle while she was responding to a bomb scare.
The accident happened around 10 p.m. Monday at Pyramid Highway and Highland Ranch Parkway, the patrol said.
Trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone, 33, was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center, where she remained in the intensive care unit, Trooper Chuck Allen said.
“They’ve labeled her very critical,” Allen said early Tuesday.
The other driver, who was not immediately identified, was not injured.
Authorities said his Chevrolet sport utility vehicle crashed into the driver’s side door of Kelly-Borgognone’s Ford Crown Victoria cruiser.
Kelly-Borgognone has been a trooper for two years, serving eight years before that as a parole and probation officer, Allen said. She is married and has two young daughters, ages 3 and 13.
Her brother, Chris Kelly, is a 14-year veteran with the NHP and is assigned to the Reno area, Allen said.
The Washoe County sheriff’s office was handling the investigation.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Brooke Keast said the trooper was traveling with lights and sirens en route to the scene. The accident happened at an intersection controlled by a traffic light.
“We don’t know if this person didn’t see her,if she didn’t see him,” Keast said.
“There was at least one witness,” she said. “We don’t know who had the green light.”
Keast said an accident team was still investigating, adding that debris from the crash covered a large area.
“There was a lot of debris all over the street,” she said.
The bomb scare involved a plastic cooler left in the parking lot of a Terrible’s gas station in Sparks, the Washoe sheriff’s office said.
The bomb squad was called to the scene, and other law enforcement agencies, including Kelly-Borgognone, responded to set up a safety perimeter, authorities said.
Bomb experts used a small explosive charge to open the cooler, which contained cement core samples.
Two years ago, while working as a probation officer, Kelly-Borgognone shot and killed a parolee after he tested positive for methamphetamine and tried to take her gun away.
Christopher Michael Tallman, 25, was on probation following a conviction for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. He also had a prior meth conviction in Oregon.
Reno police said Tallman got into a fight with Kelly-Borgognone and fellow parole officer John Gresock after they went to arrest him on Feb. 8, 2006 for violating terms of his release by testing positive for drugs.
Tallman managed to get Kelly-Borgognone’s gun out of her holster but she wrestled it back and shot Tallman in the head and chest.
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He died after being taken by ambulance to a hospital.