Robbie Turner — Photo: RuPaul’s Drag Race / Logo
UPDATE: Questions are being raised as to whether Drag Race contestant Robbie Turner was actually involved in a fatal drunk driving car accident over the weekend.
Turner alleged on Twitter that she had survived a crash after her Uber was hit by a drunk driver, but that her Uber driver did not. (See original story below.)
Seattle Gay Scene reached out to the Seattle Police Department, and a spokesman said they were “not aware of anything like that occurring, nor are any of my colleagues aware of this accident.”
The publication also reached out to Uber and a representative said that there is no information in Uber’s records consistent with the death of a driver.
A Reddit user also combed through the 9-1-1 calls made on the night Turner alleged the accident took place, and none of the car accidents listed matched up to locations that Turner would have been near, or had any reported fatalities.
At the time of publication, Turner’s social media has been quiet since the Seattle Gay Scene article went live.
Original article follows:
Robbie Turner, contestant on season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race, was apparently involved in a fatal car accident last week.
Turner tweeted that she was in an Uber that was hit by a drunk driver, and while she was unharmed, her driver died in the crash.
“I just woke up. I’ve been in a car accident. I didn’t recollect it. I’m not certain what happened. My driver did not survive,” she tweeted. “I’m home with barely a scratch, but when I was informed of what actually happened, my closest family and friends came to mind.”
Turner elaborated in a second tweet.
“Last night on my way home my Uber was struck by a drunk driver. I closed my eyes briefly & it happened. I heard it, but hit my head & it was over,” she said. “They ran tests at the hospital, but outside of my shoulder feeling jammed & my right eye hurting, I only have a bruise. Grateful.”
Turner said that her brush with death has reminded her to spread love to those she cares about.
Turner’s accident is a reminder of the prevalence of drink driving in America. The NHTSA reports that at least 29 people die each day in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes, claiming over 10,000 lives a year.