Broadcaster Stan Turner recovering after health scare that caused car crash in downtown Stillwater – Twin Cities

Broadcaster Stan Turner recovering after health scare that caused car crash in downtown Stillwater – Twin Cities

Stan Turner was drinking a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper at a downtown Stillwater coffee shop when he realized something was terribly wrong.

“I felt something strange in the side of my head,” said Turner, a longtime Twin Cities TV and radio broadcaster, remembering that day in September. “It was a sensation I had never felt before. It scared me. I didn’t know what it was. I was lucid, I was OK, but there was something clearly wrong.”

Turner grabbed his book bag and headed to his Toyota Camry parked nearby. He planned to drive to Lakeview Hospital to get checked out.

He never made it.

While exiting the parking lot, turning south on Water Street, he blacked out. The Camry continued across the street and struck a parked car.

Turner woke up in an ambulance en route to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where doctors discovered two of his coronary arteries were completely blocked and a third 90 percent blocked. Turner, who for many years hosted the “All Request and Dedication Show” on KLBB-1220 in Stillwater, underwent open-heart surgery and spent 11 days in the hospital, then six weeks recovering at his daughter’s house in Woodbury.

“I’m a very lucky guy,” Turner said in an interview last week. “They tell me I’m headed in the right direction. I feel stronger almost every day, but to be blindsided like that — whoa.”

Turner says he owes his life to the paramedics who resuscitated him several times en route to the hospital, and to the doctors and nurses at Regions.

“It sounds like a cliché, but they are miracle workers,” he said. “They really are.”

Turner, who had no history of heart disease, was shocked to discover the extent of his coronary blockage. “It blew me away because I had no — I repeat, no — classic warning signs of heart problems,” he said.

He said he had never felt the “proverbial elephant sitting on your chest” or any pain radiating down his arms. “Nothing like that, no shortness of breath,” he said. “I’m not a smoker. I’ve always avoided red meat. Fried food, I stay away from. I thought I was being a good boy. It blindsided me.”

Both his mother and maternal grandmother suffered from heart problems, so “it must be a hereditary thing,” he said.

Turner estimates his Camry was traveling 5 mph on the afternoon of Sept. 18 when it struck the unoccupied Lexus.

“Thank God there was nobody walking or driving nearby,” he said. “My foot was stuck on the accelerator, so the wheel was spinning. I understand it attracted a lot of attention.”

Officer Austin Peterson of the Stillwater Police Department arrived at the scene just after the crash occurred around 2:15 p.m. For that, Turner’s daughter, Laura Turner Schubkegel, is grateful.

“It’s a miracle that no one, including Dad, was hurt,” she said. “There are so many what-ifs that could have happened. He could have ended up in the St. Croix River. Everybody was in the right place at the right time.”


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