Abraham Turner – director of the scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) – will be sidelined for an unspecified period of time after he was involved in a recent motorcycle accident.

When and where did the accident occur?  Were any other vehicles involved?  Was Turner responsible?

It’s not clear at this point.  Not surprisingly, the agency isn’t answering any of those questions … at least not in an interagency email obtained by FITS.

“General Turner was wearing a helmet and personal protective equipment therefor (sic) his injuries, while serious, were not life-threatening,” the email from SCDEW Chief of Staff Joe Lowder reveals. “The important thing he needs now is time to rest and heal.”

Calls made to the SCDEW press office were not immediately returned, and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who appointed Turner to lead this agency in 2011 – did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Turner – who is paid $134,227 a year (not counting benefits) – has presided over one of the most inefficient and ineffective agencies in Haley’s administration.  In fact after being the subject of a scathing audit released by the S.C. Legislative Audit Council (SCLAC) earlier this year,  SCDEW was recently placed on alert by the feds for its incompetence.

Yet while Turner and his fellow bureaucrats have been living large on our money (see here and here) – the cost of SCDEW’s ineptitude keeps being passed on to South Carolina businesses and taxpayers.  Not only that, the agency isn’t taking too kindly to efforts by one fiscally conservative State Senator – Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) – to get to the bottom of its wasteful practices.

Anyway … we’ll be sure to pass along whatever details we can uncover about the circumstances surrounding Turner’s crash.

UPDATE: And for the record … we don’t think this story has anything to do with this story.