Details released on wreck involving Tyronza Police Chief

Friday, April 29, 2011

Last week, the Democrat Tribune reported that Tyronza police chief Tony Turner was recovering from injuries sustained in a a vehicular accident. Now, the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office has released details on the incident.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the wreck occurred on Ditch 56 Road at 3 a.m. Sunday, April 3.

According to the report, tire tracks indicate that Chief Turner's Ford F-150 was heading west on Ditch 56 Road when it veered left off the road, hit a culvert and ended up in the ditch. Four people were in the car: Tony Turner and Anthony Thomas of 300 Norcross, Tyronza, Charles Stiles of 125 Thelma, Lepanto, and Caitlin Root of 377 Dogwood Cove, Marion.

Root was taken to The Med in Memphis while Thomas was airlifted to The Med. Chief Turner and Stiles were both taken to St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

According to the report, when Deputy Eric Moore arrived on the scene at 3:46 a.m., the occupants were in ambulances and there were Bud Light bottles and cans in and around the F-150, along with a box of ammunition in the passenger floorboard. Moore said he was told that Root was driving and that she had not been drinking.

Two first responders on the scene told Moore that, when they arrived, Stiles and Root were sitting on the side of the ditch, Thomas was in the front passenger floor and Chief Turner was sitting on the runner of the driver side door with the door open.

Moore took samples of hair lodged in the windshield and blood from the airbag to be analyzed.

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