Man Pronounced Dead after Big-Rig Collision near South Palo Verde Road

TUCSON, AZ (January 19, 2022) –  Wednesday, 46-year-old Clay Gerald Turner was killed in a semi-truck accident near Valencia Road.

The collision took place near the intersection of Valencia and South Palo Verde Road.

Per reports, Turner was driving a 2007 Chrysler Sebring and attempted to turn left from from eastbound Valencia to northbound Palo Verde. There, the Chrysler collided with a westbound 18-wheeler semi-truck.

Due to the extent of injuries sustained, medics declared Turner dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, the semi-truck driver in his 40’s, obtained non-serious injuries and as per the evaluation of the authorities, showed no signs of impairment.

Investigators also say Turner was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash happened. Furthermore, both eastbound and westbound traffic had green lights at the time.

Officers say the inability to yield when making a left turn was a key contributing factor in the incident. The inquiry is still underway, but no citations or arrests are expected.

Once available, further details will be provided.


The team at Sweet James offers their sincerest sympathies to the friends and family of Clay Gerald Turner. May you find comfort and strength in the days ahead.


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