A fatal accident claimed the life of a 50-year-old Pekin man and sent another to the hospital by helicopter ambulance Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 2:35 pm Tuesday, a white Lincoln Town Car, driven by Jeffery Turner, 50 years old, from Pekin, IN, was traveling westbound on Highway #160 near Canton/South Boston Road and for an unknown reason the vehicle left the north side of the roadway.

The driver over-corrected causing the vehicle to cross back over Highway #160 on the south side of the roadway ultimately crashing into a utility pole on the passenger’s side of the Lincoln Town Car.

Turner, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Photo By George Browning

A passenger, Andrew Vires, 18 years old, from Pekin, IN, sustained serious injuries and was flown from the scene by air ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville, KY.

It is unknown if seat belts were in use.

Assisting Agencies included the Salem Fire Department, Washington County EMS, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Pekin Town Marshall and the Washington County Coroner.

Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists were called to the scene for further investigation.