Monday, July 26, 2021

Woman Suspected of Driving Under the Influence in Barry Township Head-Crash that Injured Four

State Police say a woman is suspected of driving under the influence in a crash that injured four people last week in Barry Township.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Schuylkill Haven, the crash occurred around 5:45pm on Thursday, July 22nd, 2021, on Sunbury Road/Route 901 just north of the intersection with Taylorsville Road.

Troopers say at the time of the crash, Kimberly Turpin, 50, of Sinking Spring was travelling north in her Red Kia Seltos, with a 10 year old passenger and Paul Miller, 40, of Shamokin in a Grey Subaru Forester was traveling south with Amy Escobar, 46, also of Shamokin, as a passenger.

The crash reportedly occurred as Turpin began to negotiate a right curve in the roadway, when she traveled out of the northbound lane, across the yellow painted median, and into the opposing southbound lane into the path of Miller.

Both vehicles struck head on.

Turpin, Miller, and Escobar all sustained serious injuries and the 10 year old was reported to have suffered minor injuries.  All four had to be mechanical removed from the vehicles by fire personnel and were flown via helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center via Lifeflight and Medivac from the Church of the Nazarene in Lavelle.

An investigation by State Police as well as the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services and Forensic Services Unit responded and processed the scene. 

During the investigation, controlled substances were found in Turpin's vehicle and State Police say Turpin is suspected of driving under the influence of those controlled substances.   State Police say the investigation is still ongoing.

State Police were assisted at the scene by Corporal Timothy Cutshaw and Trooper Benjamin Scott of the CARS Team, Trooper Caitlin Torres from Forensics Services, Trooper Matthew Hoke, Shenandoah Community Ambulance, Washington Fire Company and Community Ambulance, Minersville Fire and EMS, Hegins Area Ambulance, Gordon Fire Company, Lavelle Fire Company, Whelsi's Towing and Hammer's Towing.

The Fountain Springs Fire Department assisted at the landing zone.

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