California motorcyclist dies in Rathdrum crash


RATHDRUM, Idaho -Idaho State Police responded to a fatal crash involving a California man Sunday afternoon in Rathdrum.

Around 2:46 p.m., 68-year-old Jesse Villa of Torrance, Calif., was traveling westbound on Hwy 53 approaching Ramsey Rd. in a Honda motorcycle when 22-year-old Joseph Bitner of Athol, Idaho, turned to go northbound on Ramsey and collided with Villa's motorcycle. Villa was thrown from the motorcycle and succumbed to his injuries.

Next of kin has been notified. Bitner was wearing a seatbelt and Villa was wearing a helmet.

The investigation is continuing.

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