KINGSPORT, TENN. — 08/15/2014As previously released by the Kingsport Police Department, on June 9, 2014 at approximately 2:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to Interstate 81 at Mile Marker 64.8 in reference to a single vehicle crash. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:
A red 1992 Geo Tracker was northbound on Interstate 81 at mile marker 64.8. The vehicle was occupied by driver, James C. Hoover, and front seat passenger, Jackson David Meadows.
For unknown reasons, the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway into the median. In an attempt to return the vehicle to the traffic lane, Mr. Hoover appeared to have overcorrected, sending the vehicle into a yaw. The vehicle spun sideways in the traffic lanes and then rolled repeatedly down the interstate.
Mr. Hoover was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Mr. Meadows was not wearing his seatbelt either; however, according to witnesses, he was not ejected and crawled out of the vehicle under his own power immediately following the crash.
Mr. Meadows received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Mr. Hoover sustained critical, life threatening, injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Wellmont One helicopter. Mr. Hoover succumbed to his injuries and died at 3:59 PM after his arrival at Holston Valley Medical Center.
This crash investigation has remained open by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit pending toxicology results.
On August 7, 2014, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Laboratory submitted the toxicology results revealing that Mr. Hoover had a blood alcohol content of 0.26 at the time of the crash. As Mr. Hoover’s blood alcohol content was over three times the legal limit, driving under the influence has been determined to be the most significant contributing factor in the crash.