POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports one person died during this year's Thanksgiving holiday counting period -- from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. No serious accidents were on record in Troop E for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Troopers investigated 350 traffic crashes, which included 140 injuries. In addition, troopers arrested 140 people for driving while intoxicated. The Highway Patrol investigated the fatal traffic crash. (During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday, troopers investigated 365 traffic crashes, which included 125 injuries. Statewide, there were four fatalities over the 2011 Thanksgiving weekend. Troopers arrested 126 people for driving while intoxicated in 2011.)
The fatal traffic crash occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in the Troop D, Springfield area. Austin C. Turner, 19, of Golden, Mo., died when the vehicle he was driving ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree, and burned. Turner was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. A passenger in Turner's vehicle sustained minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred in Barry County on Route J west of Golden, Mo.
Barry County Assistant Coroner Charles McManus pronounced Turner dead at the scene.
There were no boating incidents reported during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday counting period.