Fatal motorcycle crash under ISP investigation

Traffic was reduced to one lane through the crash scene Sunday.

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Traffic was reduced to one lane through the crash scene Sunday.

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Idaho State Police is currently investigating a Sunday night rear-end crash between a motorcycle and a car on Johnston Road that claimed the life of a Grangeville man.

Arlen L. Burton, 60, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

“We really don’t know the exact cause,” said ISP Trooper David Wesche, who is investigating the accident. “We’re still looking into that,” he said.

The incident was reported at 8:29 p.m. near a driveway intersection at milepost 0.5. James K. Prevot, 52, of Ely, Nev., was driving a 2010 Subaru Forester northbound on Johnston Road when he came upon Burton, who was also traveling northbound on his 2009 Honda motorcycle, and struck the rear of his bike. Burton was transported to Syringa Hospital where he was later declared deceased.

Prevot was not injured in the crash. Burton was not wearing a helmet. In the incident, Burton’s German short-hair dog – that may have been running alongside the motorcycle as Burton had done with the animal in the past — was severely injured and as a result had to be put down. Veterinarian Dr. Phillip Volkman provided the initial on-scene aid for the dog.

ISP was assisted with crash scene investigation by the Grangeville Police Department and Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

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