Community struggles after family killed in Thursday crash

A family was torn apart in a split second Thursday night when the driver of a pickup truck t-boned a car killing a father, mother and son.

The driver of the truck was driving eastbound on East 14th Street, exceeding the 45 mph limit, FHP said.

Chester Baker, who was driving a Hyundai Sonata with his family inside, drove forward into the intersection after stopping at a stop sign on North Avenue, according to FHP.

That’s when the driver of the truck slammed into the side of the Baker family’s car.

Now, an entire community is remembering 51-year-old Chester Baker, 47-year-old Dawn Baker and their son 4-year-old Jamison Royce Baker who were killed in the crash.

Chester was pronounced dead at the scene and Jamison and Dawn were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. Jamison died from his injuries at the hospital Thursday night.

Dawn, Principal at Temple Christian School in North Fort Myers, died from her injuries Friday evening.

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WINK News talked to the grandfather, Chester Senior, who says he’s heartbroken after losing his family in the crash.

He says his daughter-in-law was barely holding on; they ran tests on Dawn this morning and he says there was no blood flowing to her brain.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a pick-up truck sped down east 14th Street and t-boned the Baker family’s car as they approached the intersection.

“The mother started to move somewhat,” said John Fuoss who witnessed the crash. “She was struggling to breathe and then when the deputy first got here, he checked him for a pulse and there was no pulse.”

Fuoss said he rushed to their aid but found himself helpless.

Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the crash and charges are pending.

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