Thursday, July 25, 2019

**Updated to Fatal Crash** US95 at SH13 in Grangeville

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District 2 Patrol 2700 North and South Highway Lewiston, ID 83501-1732
(208) 799-5151
Fax (208) 799-5146

For Immediate Release: 07/24/2019 2:37 pm
Please direct questions to the District Office

**Update** Frederic Smith passed away this morning at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.

On July 24th, 2019, at 10:07 am, the Idaho State Police responded to a serious injury crash involving a logging truck and a motorcycle. Nicholas R. Bendawald, 39, of Emmett, Idaho, was northbound on US95 near the intersection of SH13 driving a 1997 Kenworth tractor pulling a loaded 2011 Lincoln trailer. Frederic J. Smith, 69, of Anacortes, Washington was westbound on SH13, driving a black and maroon 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Smith was traveling with a group of other riders when the first rider pulled out onto southbound US95 from westbound SH13, Smith followed onto southbound US95 pulling out in front of Bendawald. Bendawald attempted to stop but was unable to, striking Smith. An off duty Meridian Fire Deputy Chief Fire Marshall was traveling through the area and arrived on scene, administering life saving measures to Smith. Smith was transported to Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville where he was then flown to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Smith was wearing a helmet and Bendawald was wearing a seatbelt. The roadway was blocked for approximately 3.5 hours. The Idaho Transportation Department assisted with traffic rerouting during that time. Investigation continuing.