27-year-old pedestrian dies after being hit by vehicle on I-81 on-ramp in Botetourt County

A second pedestrian has died after a crash in Botetourt County.

BOTETOURT Co., Va.UPDATE

The second person involved in a pedestrian crash in Botetourt County has died, according to Virginia State Police.

This comes after a man driving in a 2014 Jeep Wrangler merged onto the ramp and hit two men who were walking in the road early Wednesday morning.

On Friday, authorities announced that 27-year-old Benjamin Daniel Lee, of Troutville, passed away in Roanoke Memorial from his injuries.

David Lawrence Fridley, Jr., 47, of New Castle, Va., died at the scene of the crash.


UPDATE

Authorities have identified the victims in a fatal pedestrian crash in Botetourt County.

Benjamin Lee, 27, of Troutville and David Fridley, 47, of New Castle were hit by a car on the entrance ramp to I-81 from Route 220 in Troutville, according to Virginia State Police.

Lee is in Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and Fridley died at the scene, police said.


UPDATE

Virginia State Police has released more information on a fatal crash that involved two pedestrians.

Authorities said the accident happened around 2 a.m. on the entrance ramp to I-81 from Route 220 in Troutville.

A 2014 Jeep Wrangler was going south on US-220 and merged onto the ramp when it hit two men who were walking in the road, police said.

One of the pedestrians, a 27-year-old man, was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to police. Authorities said the second pedestrian died at the scene and has not been identified.

The man in the hospital has been identified, but authorities said they will not release his identity until they are able to identify the man who died.

Police said the Jeep driver was not hurt in the accident and the crash remains under investigation.


UPDATE

One person is dead after they were hit by a vehicle in Botetourt County, according to Virginia State Police.

Authorities said two people were hit at the on-ramp to I-81 southbound from Route 220.

The victim’s identity was not released by State Police.


UPDATE

The on-ramp is back open.


ORIGINAL STORY

Authorities are investigating a crash in Botetourt County involving pedestrians, according to Virginia State Police.

As of 4 a.m., the on-ramp to I-81 southbound from Route 220 is closed, due to the crash. The south right lane and right shoulder are closed.

State police tell us the ramp will be closed for an extended period of time.

They say the call came in just after 2 a.m.

10 News has a crew on the way to the scene to learn more.

Stick with 10 News as this breaking news develops.


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