Driver Killed In Botetourt County After Reckless Driving Reports In Rockbridge County

April 7 - The driver of a car driving recklessly on Interstate 81 in southern Rockbridge County was killed in a high-speed accident in Botetourt County Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Virginia State Police, a call was received by the state police at 3:26 p.m. of a reckless driver heading southbound on I-81 at mile marker 181, just north of the Fancy Hill exit.

There were also multiple reports of reckless driving made on this same vehicle in other jurisdictions prior to the calls in Rockbridge County.

The 2014 Ford Fusion then struck a vehicle in the rear at the 175 mile marker in Rockbridge County and continued south without stopping.   A Virginia state trooper located the vehicle traveling south at the 165 mile marker traveling at a high rate of speed, driving on the right shoulder of the roadway.

The trooper could not catch up to the violator until the 161 mile marker due to heavy traffic.  The Fusion would not yield to the emergency equipment and continued traveling at speeds of 90 to 100 miles per hour, while passing other vehicles on the right shoulder.  At the 155.2 mile marker in Botetourt County, the Fusion struck a 2010 Toyota Camry in the rear, the Fusion lost control and rolled over, ejecting the driver.

The three occupants of the Toyota, one adult female and two 17-year-old juveniles, were transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Fusion died at the scene.

More information will follow once notifications have been made, according to the state police. 

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