Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fatal Crash Westbound SH53 at MP6, Rathdrum

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District 1 Patrol 615 West Wilbur Ave. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
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For Immediate Release: 07/18/2019 9:22 pm
Please direct questions to the District Office


On July 18th, 2019 at 5:37 PM, the Idaho State Police responded to a fatal crash westbound SH53 near milepost 6, in Rathdrum. David L Bedford, 52, of Rathdrum, ID was travelling westbound on SH53 on a Yellow and Black 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he swerved to avoid a flock of turkeys in the roadway. Bedford went left of center and lost control of the motorcycle, colliding with Nathan V Fischer, 28, of Creston, British Columbia who was travelling eastbound in a 2019 Western Tractor Trailer. Bedford was wearing a helmet and succumbed to his injuries on scene. The roadway was blocked for one and a half hours. Notifications have been made to the next of kin. The investigation is continuing.

*UPDATE* The roadway is back open. More details to follow.

The Idaho State Police is onscene of a crash, eastbound SH53 at Greensferry road, near Rathdrum. Both lanes of travel are completely blocked. Please avoid the area and use an alternate route of travel. Update to follow.