Canyon County

Update: Coroner identifies Nampa motorcyclist killed in Sunday crash

The Ada County Coroner's Office on Monday afternoon identified a 24-year-old Nampa man who was killed in a Sunday crash between an SUV and a motorcycle.

Zachary Spoolstra was pronounced dead around 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Saint Alphonsus in Boise. The coroner ruled that he died of blunt force trauma injuries sustained in the crash.

According to a Nampa Police Department press release, police responded to a crash near Idaho Center Boulevard and East Gate Boulevard in Nampa around 3:30 a.m on May 7. Joshawa Bechtel, a 31-year-old Kuna resident, was attempting to make a left-hand turn or U-turn at East Gate Boulevard while headed northbound on Idaho Center Boulevard in a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer.

Police said Spoolstra was southbound on Idaho Center Boulevard when the crash occurred, leaving him with "severe injuries" at the scene. He later died of his injuries at a local hospital. Police said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Bechtel was charged with aggravated DUI and booked into the Canyon County Jail.

Police are still investigating the crash and ask witnesses to contact NPD at 208-465-2257 with any additional information.

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