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Posted at 5:12 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Report: Lobbyist intoxicated at death

By Washington Post editors

A lobbyist who was found dead in her burned sport-utility vehicle, which was in the garage of her Capitol Hill home, was intoxicated at the time of her death, TBD.com reports.

Ashley Turton, a lobbyist for Progress Energy, died of inhalation of products of combustion and thermal burns with a contributing condition of acute alcohol intoxication, according to autopsy results.

Turton found dead Jan. 10, shortly before 5 a.m., in the SUV. The front end of the vehicle was charred and facing into the burning garage of her home.

By Washington Post editors  | February 11, 2011; 5:12 PM ET
 
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So did Ashley commit suicide using her client's "energy" ?

Posted by: slipuvalad | February 11, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

So it would seem that she wasn't leaving for work as originally reported. She was just getting home from an all night bender and crashed her car into the back of the garage while trying to pull in. Makes more sense than the absurd speculation that the car was defective and spontaneously combusted.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | February 11, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

According to initial reports, Turton was on her way to the airport to catch an early flight. With a diagnosis of 'acute alcohol intoxication', it hardly seeems she would have the wherewithall to gather her wits to arise so early and make her way to the airport. All that to say, if the autopsy report has been made available, the mg/dL of alcohol content would tell us a lot.

This report simply leaves more unanswered than it answers. I realize we are dealing with the wife of an Obama administration official, but an unexplained death in the District is still just that - an unexplained death.

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Posted by: adjjones | February 11, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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