Head-On Crash outside White Hall claims life of Carrollton man

By Blake Schnitker on September 20 at 7:24am

A Carrollton man is dead following a head-on crash just west of White Hall yesterday morning.

And according to Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen, patchy areas of dense fog could have played a role in the fatal accident.

Police reports say Greene County Deputies responded to a call regarding a two-vehicle crash on White Hall-Hillview Road shortly after 7:30 a.m.

Preliminary reports indicate that 40-year old Lynn Jason Turner, of Carrollton, was driving his 2016 Nissan Versa eastbound when he crossed over into the opposite lane and collided with a westbound vehicle. Behind the wheel of that westbound vehicle, a 2014 Chrysler 200, was a 17-year old female from Roodhouse.

While the 17-year old Roodhouse girl was travelling along, Turner had a 7-year old passenger, believed to be a family member, in his vehicle. The 7 year old was transported from the scene by Life Star Ambulance Service toThomas H. Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, where he was later transferred to Cardinal-Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

After being extricated from his vehicle by White Hall Fire and Rescue, Turner was transported by the Greene County Ambulance Service to Thomas H. Boyd Memorial Hospital. However, while in route to the hospital, Turner succumbed to his injuries, and was eventually pronounced dead at the hospital.

As for the other driver, the 17 year old was treated at the scene for minor injuries and subsequently transported by a family member to Passavant Area Hospital.

The Illinois State Police Traffic Accident Reconstruction Unit was summoned to the scene to assist the Sheriff’s Department in the accident investigation.  The ISP unit found that the 17-year old driver of the Chrysler 200, as well as the 7-year old passenger of Turner’s Nissan, were both wearing seatbelts. Evidence suggests that Turner, however, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.