James C. Hoover, 54, Stone Park, Illinois, received fatal injuries after being ejected. His passenger, Jackson David Meadows, 45, Knoxville, received non-life threatening injuries.
According to an investigation done by the Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units, a red 1992 Geo Tracker was travelling northbound on I-81 around mile marker 64.8 when for unknown reason, the car veered off the left side of the road into the median. When Hoover tried to get the Tracker back on the road, he overcorrected, which sent the vehicle sideways.
The car then repeatedly rolled down the interstate, ejecting Hoover. According to witnesses, Meadows was able to crawl out of the vehicle. Hoover was transported by Wellmont One helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center, where he later died. Meadows was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center.
The crash caused both northbound lanes of I-81 to be shut down for around two hours on Monday.