Former KNWA anchor Matt Turner dies in one-vehicle accident

Matt Turner

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Former KNWA news anchor Matt Turner died Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident in central Arkansas. He was 32 years old.

According to an Arkansas State Police report, Turner was headed westbound on Interstate 30 in Benton at around 7:30 p.m. when his 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe left the roadway, struck the base of a highway sign and caught fire. Police said he was alone in the vehicle.

Turner left KNWA in Fayetteville earlier this year for a job at KTHV in Little Rock.

He is survived by his wife, Julee, and their daughter Preslee, along with his mother and brother.

“I am at a loss for words,” said KNWA General Manager Lisa Kelsey in a statement. “Everyone at KNWA loves Matt, Julee and Preslee. We’re just heartbroken right now. His entire family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long issued a statement on Turner’s passing and called him “one of the great guys” in television news. “Matt was a respected television journalist, passionate Razorback fan and most importantly a dedicated husband and father,” said Long.