UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: Virginia State Police provided additional details about Thursday morning’s fatal crash along I-81 North in Roanoke County.
According to police, a 2021 Baod MC088 Moped was heading north on I-81 when it ran off the right side of the road and hit the guardrail at mile marker 145.2, ejecting the driver.
As WFXR News previously reported, the driver of the moped was identified as 38-year-old Eric Deandre Norris of Roanoke.
Virginia State Police say Norris was wearing a helmet, but he died at the scene of the crash, which is still under investigation.
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Roanoke man is dead after he was reportedly ejected from a moped along I-81 in Roanoke County early Thursday morning.
Trooper Purcell with Virginia State Police told WFXR News that the single-vehicle crash took place at approximately 4:20 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, resulting in the temporary closure of I-81 North at mile marker 145.2.
According to the state trooper, the cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but the operator was ejected from the moped, which then burned when it hit the guardrail.
Purcell says the victim — who was found dead at the scene — was identified as 38-year-old Eric Norris of Roanoke.
All lanes of I-81 North have been reopened at the scene of the crash, according to VDOT.