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Posted on: July 17, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Kootenai County Sheriff’s Traffic Unit Responds to Fatal Vehicle Collision

Collision-Hayden and Greensferry

On 7/16/2023 at approximately 4:44 p.m., The Kootenai County Central Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls regarding an injury collision near the intersection of Hayden Avenue and Greensferry Road. Initial reports indicated a motorcycle struck a pickup, and the rider was unconscious. Witnesses attempted to render aid to the rider until law enforcement and medical units arrived. Despite attempts to save the rider’s life, he was pronounced deceased on scene. 

The KCSO Traffic Unit responded to investigate the incident. Preliminary information has led investigators to believe the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Hayden Avenue. Traffic was stopped at the railroad crossing after the crossing arms went down. The motorcycle drove around the stopped traffic, striking one of the crossing arms. The rider lost control of his motorcycle and struck a pickup that was stopped for the crossing arm facing west. No other injuries were reported from the collision. 

The rider was identified as Jeffrey Nickelby, a 63 year old male of Coeur d’Alene. Nickelby was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Alcohol and speed are not believed to factors in the collision. 

Hayden Avenue between Greensferry Road and Highway 41 was shut down for several hours while the KCSO Traffic Unit investigated the collision. 

KCSO wants to remind everyone that although riders over the age of 18 are not required to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle in Idaho, it is strongly encouraged. In a 2008 National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) publication it was estimated that from 1984 through 2006, helmets saved the lives of 19,230 motorcyclists. The publication estimated that if all motorcycle operators and passengers had worn helmets during that period, roughly 12,320 additional lives would have been saved.  

Sheriff Robert B. Norris
By: Sgt. Jeff Howard

Contact: Lt. Zachary Sifford
Office: 208-446-2245
PIO Cell: 208-758-1045

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