UPDATE: State Police identify driver who died in last week’s I-81 crash in Botetourt County

Roanoke Valley News

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Law enforcement officials released additional information on Sunday about last week’s high-speed crash along I-81 in Botetourt County that left one man dead and sent three teens to the hospital.

Virginia State Police say they were notified of a reckless driver at 3:26 p.m. on April 6 from mile marker 181 on I-81 South in Rockbridge County, but they had already received multiple calls regarding this driver prior to this.

Then, at mile marker 175, authorities say the 2014 Ford Fusion rear-ended a vehicle and continued without stopping.

A state trooper reportedly located the vehicle at mile marker 165, driving at a high speed and on the right shoulder of I-81, but the trooper could not catch up to the driver until mile marker 161 because of the heavy traffic.

According to Virginia State Police, the driver of the Fusion would not yield to the emergency equipment and continued traveling at speeds nearing 100 mph while passing other vehicles on the right shoulder.

Finally, at mile marker 155.2, the Fusion collided with the back of a 2010 Toyota Camry, causing the the Fusion to lose control, roll over, and eject the driver, police say.

On Sunday, April 11, authorities identified the driver of the Ford Fusion as 81-year-old Juan Earl Hackley, of Lanham, Maryland. Hackley was not wearing his seatbelt and reportedly died at the scene.

Meanwhile, officials say the driver of the Toyota, 18-year-old Cheyenne E. Clark of Wytheville, was wearing her seatbelt and was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital — along with her two 17-year-old passengers — with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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