Virginia State Police identify victim of fatal hit-and-run

Published: Aug. 27, 2023 at 8:45 PM EDT
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DUFFIELD, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: The motorcyclist has been identified as Jacob Napier, 25, of Harlan, Kentucky.

ORIGINAL STORY: Virginia State Police are asking for the public’s assistance locating the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run Sunday afternoon in Duffield.

At approximately 4:55 p.m., police say a motorcyclist was speeding in the 400 block of Duff Patt Highway/Route 58. The biker braked to avoid a Honda sedan whose driver was making a turn, and was thrown from the bike and into the side of the Honda. He died at the scene.

The driver of the Honda pulled into a nearby gas station, turned around, and was seen driving west on Pattonsville Rd/Route 604.

Police say the Honda has Virginia tags, is missing its passenger side mirror, and has significant damage to the passenger side doors and front fender.

The driver of the Honda is described as an older male of stocky build with a beard.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about the vehicle and/or driver is asked to contact Virginia State Police at 276-228-3131 or by email at