Over the weekend, RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Robbie Turner allegedly got a rude awakening that is a serious reminder to all of us not to drive drunk.
The drag performer was on his way home in an Uber when the car was struck by a drunk driver. Robbie lost consciousness and woke up much later in the hospital, but the Uber driver was killed in the collision.
Although this has not been confirmed by authorities in the Seattle area, Robbie recounts the happening on Twitter:
And with this horrific experience, it has put things into perspective for Robbie, giving him a platform to spread love and encourage others to thank those closest to them:
There’s no doubt that even when you are a careful driver, there will be others who get behind the wheel drunk and take the lives of innocent people in the process. According to NHTSA, at least 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes every day—that’s one person every 50 minutes—over 10,500 per year. Take advantage of tools like ride sharing (Uber, Lyft, etc.), stay at a friend’s house so that you crash on a couch and not into another person. We are all responsible for the lives we put in danger when we get behind the wheel, so if you want to party under the influence–don’t drive.
UPDATE: The Stranger and Seattle Gay Scene have reported that both Seattle Police and Uber representatives haven't been able to confirm that this actually happened. We have reached out to Robbie Turner several times for clarification, but it seems the drag performer has gone dormant in response to this alleged car accident. There are many questions about this story, including what happened to the person who was 'killed'? What happened to the drunk driver? Why are there no reports on this ever occurring? Tons have flooded social media calling Robbie out for his compulsive lying. If he is lying, why has Robbie Turner fabricated such a story?