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White House Advisor's Wife Killed in D.C. Car Fire

White House Advisor's Wife Killed in D.C. Car Fire

Police are still on the scene investigating. (WTOP Photo/Mark Segraves)

WTOP.com

January 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — Police and fire officials are still investigating an accident in Southeast Monday morning that left a car engulfed in flames, killing a Washington lobbyist, mother and wife of a senior White House advisor.

Ashley Westbrook Turton, director of congressional affairs for Progress Energy, Inc. and mother of three young children, died around 5 a.m. Monday morning outside her home in the 800 block of A Street, SE. She was married to Daniel Turton, the White House deputy director of legislative affairs for the U.S. House since 2009.

It is still unclear exactly how the car caught fire.

A White House spokesperson is referring calls about the incident to D.C. fire investigators.

“She was a wonderful, wonderful person,” says one neighbor who knows the Turtons well, and asked not to be identified. “She will be missed.”

The neighbor confirmed the Turtons have three children, all less than five years old.

“The car was mostly in the garage. Most of the fire was contained to the garage area,” says Pete Piringer, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson.

The fire department was first called for a fire in the garage, and then for a car on fire.

A source familiar with the investigation tells WTOP the accident was likely a slow-speed collision. There were no skid marks.

It is still unclear exactly how the car caught fire, but another neighbor says the car caught fire while backing out of the driveway behind the house.

Other neighbors say she was leaving for an early flight.

Other people were in the home at the time, the source says. Given the configuration of the house and garage, it is conceivable they were not aware of the incident.

WTOP’s Mark Segraves, Neal Augenstein and Paul D. Shinkman contributed to this report.

Read the Original Article on WTOP.com


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  • Mardi_gras_cat_max50

    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10484 Comments

    Very tragic. May she rest in peace and prayers to the family. This does smell...

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    I agree with fnmc22, I will wait on the followup. Meanwhile, My prayers are out to the family for their lost.

  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8

    T_9

    over 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Bump to fnmc22

    Thoughts and prayers to the family.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    It smells.............Investigate!!! Might be surprised what you find !!

  • Me2__1__max50

    Avacop310

    over 3 years ago

    476 Comments

    RIP. I agree with fnmc22, something isn't right here.

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    Elite1grey

    over 3 years ago

    1616 Comments

    rip think the better investigate sounds very fishy

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    46028 Comments

    Rest in Peace. Prayers go out to the family.

  • Telecommunicator_rusch_max50

    PGPD911

    over 3 years ago

    6672 Comments

    How horrible! Don't understand how a low speed collision could have cause this, hopefully a full investigation will give more insight... My sympathy to the family.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41146 Comments

    Rest In Peace. Familiar rings of a previous administration........

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50

    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7552 Comments

    Very tragic!! Rest in Peace!!!

  • 911_max50

    fnmc22

    over 3 years ago

    212 Comments

    Something just doesnt sound right with this,...Im picturing her backing out of driveway or garage and the car just bursts into flames,...even at a low speed collision...Flames?!...Very trajic, my heart goes to the family...

  • Dolphins_fantasy_max50

    dolphinblue

    over 3 years ago

    42824 Comments

    Tragic, rest in peace.

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