Donald Chodrow, the driver, has died due to complications of the accident.
He was an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at James Madison University.
UPDATE 4:00 p.m.
According to the University of Virginia Medical Center, Donald Chodrow is still in critical condition.
All lanes going NB on I-81 near mile marker 237 are now OPEN.
A driver is clinging to life after his car rolled over multiple times on Monday afternoon. Police said distracted driving was a big factor.
State Troopers say Donald Chodrow, 66, Staunton was driving north on Interstate 81 and that he was looking at his phone when he swerved and rolled onto the median. Then his car flipped several times.
State police said that Chodrow has life threatening injuries at this point and he was brought to the University of Virginia Medical Center.
They say speed was not a factor and instead, they blame distracted driving.
"I'd like to stress the importance of not texting, not using your cell phone, while you're operating a motor vehicle. Just distracting you for a few minutes can result in a very serious accident," said Sgt. K. L. Hyden, a state trooper at the scene of the crash.
Chodrow was originially taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital by helicopter, which landed at the scene. He has since been taken to UVA Medical Center due to life-threatening injuries.
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