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Athol, ID- On May 20th 2019, at around 5:15 p.m. Central Dispatch received a call of a motorcycle accident near the intersection of FS Road 2707 and the Bunco Bypass. Multiple Deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Timber Lake Fire Department, Spirit Lake Fire Department and Life Flight responded to the area. Due to the road conditions and the location of the rider it took rescue personnel approximately 45 minutes to get the rider.
Once on scene, it was determined that Christopher Case, a 44 year old male, from Athol was riding his motorcycle down the Bunco Bypass and hit a bump in the road, went airborne and was thrown from his motorcycle when it landed on the ground. The rider then landed on a large rock off the trail.
The rider was transported from the accident location to the Bunco Trailhead were Life Flight was waiting to transport him to Kootenai Health to be treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.
It has been determined that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn all Off-Highway users that the roads and trails this time of year are extremely hazardous due to the winter run-off and slick and rocky conditions. Please use caution when out enjoying the National Forest.
Sheriff Ben Wolfinger
By: Lt. Ryan Higgins