UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal Botetourt County crash

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According to State Police, a 2017 Honda Rebel 300 motorcycle was traveling north on I-81 at the 148-mile marker, when the driver lost control, ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail, ejecting the driver.

The north side of Interstate 81 was closed from the time of the crash until 2:14 p.m. when the left lane was opened for traffic to pass. The right lane was opened after the removal of the motorcycle at 3:07 p.m.

The driver of the motorcycle was identified as Damian Reece Hiatt, 23, of Covington, Va. Hiatt was wearing a helmet and died at the scene of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.


All lanes are open after a fatal crash in Botetourt County.


According to Virginia State Police, a motorcycle was traveling north in the right lane on I-81 at approximately 1:23 p.m. when it lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway before striking a guardrail.

The crash happened between the Hollins and Daleville exits on Interstate 81 (mile markers 146 and 150). According to State Police, the driver of the motorcycle died as a result of the crash.

The left lane in this area of I-81 is now open and the right lane will open in approximately 30 minutes, according to State Police.

This crash remains under investigation.

Stay with WDBJ7 for more updates.


According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, drivers can expect delays because of a vehicle accident on Interstate 81 near mile marker 148.1.

As of 1:30 p.m., all north lanes are closed.

Traffic backups are about 1.5 miles.