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Venice High School principal injured in crash

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 10:29:25-04
Venice High School Principal John 'Jack' Turgeon has been critically injured in a serious car accident, Sarasota School district representatives confirm.
 
The accident happened just after 1:30 AM on Sunday, March 20, 2016.
 
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Turgeon was heading eastbound on State Route 72, when he tried to make a right turn onto Avenue D. His jeep left the roadway and went onto the shoulder, hitting a utility pole. The front side of Turgeon's jeep also hit a stop sign. 
 
Florida Highways Patrol said they are testing to see if this accident is alcohol related.
 
Venice School Leaders issued this message to parents and students:
 
Hello, this is Venice High School Assistant Principal Joshua Leinweber with a message for families of Venice High School students.
 
I am writing to let you know that principal Jack Turgeon was in a serious car accident this past weekend and is in a local hospital.
 
He is being cared for by a highly competent team of medical professionals, but we expect him to be out for an extended period of time as he recovers from his injuries.
 
While Mr. Turgeon is on medical leave, the school's administrative team will share his responsibilities and I will be serving as acting principal.
 
Cards and well wishes for the Turgeon family may be sent to Venice High School, care of administrative assistant Eva Hanley.
 
Thank you for your support of Principal Turgeon, his family and the Venice High School staff during this time.
 
ABC Action News has reached out to Sarasota School District leaders to find out Turgeon's employment status as Florida Highway Patrol Troopers continue their investigation.