Robbie Turner of RuPaul's Drag Race reported being in an Uber that was struck by a drunk motorist, killing the car's driver but sparing Turner.
Now, The Stranger, after asking all the right questions and getting no reasonable answers, is reporting that Turner may have made the whole thing up ...
Via The Stranger:
When I followed up with Uber again today to find out if any more information had emerged—including links showing that the alleged incident has gone national—Hambley said: "Hi Chase, I just saw that via google alerts, too. We've reached out to a number of folks on this, too—including Robbie—and still haven't heard anything. I'm asking that we reach out to her again. Will let you know what I find out."
When The Stranger contacted the King County Medical Examiner's office (aka the coroner) about their record of fatal vehicular accidents over the weekend, we were directed to Seattle & King County Public Health Communications Director James Apa, who said: "You're wanting to know how many DUI-related car crash fatalities happened over this past weekend. That's not easy for us to say, for a couple reasons. First, there's not an easy way to do a scan of our database to identify car crashes—it takes an investigator going through each record over the weekend to determine the cause and manner. Our medical examiner's office is very tightly staffed, and our investigators usually don't have time to do this search on top of their normal duties. Second, determination of DUI is not done by the KCME, but rather law enforcement."
A spokesperson for the Seattle Police Department said they are "not aware of anything like that occurring, nor are any of my colleagues aware of this accident,” according to the Seattle Gay Scene.
The allegedly fatal accident would have happened after Turner's regular drag show at Queer/Bar on Capitol Hill, sometime late Saturday, April 14, or very early in the morning on Sunday, April 15. The SPD maintains a publicly available dataset of all the police responses to 911 calls within the city. In that dataset, The Stranger found 19 vehicle collisions with Priority 1 injuriesreported on Saturday and Sunday.
According to performers who have worked with Robbie Turner, she lives on Capitol Hill. There are only two Capitol Hill incidents on Saturday or Sunday—one of them at Pike and 13th at 10:40 pm on Saturday, and the other on Sunday at 12:51 pm. Neither of those seem to match the timeframe described in Robbie Turner's social media posts.
So now we're left with a bunch of unanswered questions.
Oddly, Turner has worked with Uber on a past promotion.
In response to the new questions, Turner is taking a personal leave from her job at Seattle's Queer/Bar, which confirmed to The Stranger:
... the company learned of this supposed incident last weekend from Robbie's social media post. In full support of our friend and manager, we reached out to evaluate Robbie's condition and offer any help with his physical and mental recovery. We also reached out in an attempt to support the driver’s family in their difficult time. And then we discovered some inconsistencies with the story.