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On July 18th, 2019 at 5:37 PM, the Idaho State Police responded to a fatal crash westbound on State Highway 53 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.